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Silvery-cheeked Antshrike Sakesphorus cristatus

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  • Silvery-cheeked Antshrike male
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Endemic to northeast Brazil and the Caatinga biome, the Silvery-cheeked Antshrike is a generally common but highly attractive inhabitant of the lower and midstories of taller deciduous forests within this region. Its overall range encompasses Ceará and Piauí south to Minas Gerais. Males exhibit a black crown, fore-face and narrow breast patch, with a delicate gray nape, neck and underparts, brown mantle, black wings with white wing covert spots, and a black and white-barred tail. In contrast, females possess a rufous-brown crown, mantle and tail, gray face and underparts, and dark wings similarly marked with white spotting. Our knowledge of the species’ life history is still relatively poor, as it is for many other bird species endemic to this region of Brazil, but the Silvery-cheeked Antshrike is usually encountered alone or in pairs, more rarely with mixed-species flocks, and seems to feed on a variety of arthropod prey. Its breeding biology is still more or less unknown.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Silvery-cheeked Antshrike (Sakesphorus cristatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/sicant1