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Frederickena fulva

Fulvous Antshrike

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae


Frederickena fulva

Reserva Biológica del Río Bigal (Fundación Ecológica Sumac Muyu), Orellana, Ecuador; 1 July 2011 © Harold Greeney

Only recently split from the Undulated Antshrike (Frederickena unduligera), primarily on the basis of vocal characters, the Fulvous Antshrike is confined to upper Amazonia, where it can be as equally difficult to see well as its closest relative. It inhabits the dense understory of lowland tropical forests in southeast Colombia, eastern Ecuador, and northeast Peru. As in the Undulated Antshrike, males are largely black and with heavier pale barring, both above and below, than F. unduligera, while females are predominantly cinnamon with a dark tail, and heavy, wavy, black barring over the entire body and wings. Both sexes possess a rather shaggy, upward-flicked crest, that may be raised and lowered between body movements.

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Recommended Citation

. 2011. Fulvous Antshrike (Frederickena fulva), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

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