Glossy Antshrike Sakesphorus luctuosus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Arthur Grosset

Endemic to Brazil, the bulky-bodied Glossy Antshrike is found from south-central to southeast Amazonia, where it inhabits lowland riverine forest, below 250 m, including seasonally flooded areas. It reaches its easternmost limits in the valley of the Rio Araguaia, in Tocantins, Mato Grosso, and Goiás, from where a separate subspecies has been described, based on the narrower white tail tips and broader white edges to the scapulars, but it is unclear whether such variation really merits nomenclatural recognition. The sexes are similar in being principally glossy black, becoming slightly paler ventrally, with white scapular fringes, which may be more or less obvious, but females are ‘topped off’ by a ‘shaggy’ chestnut-brown crown that makes them readily distinguished from their partners. The loudsong is strident and frequently heard, and the birds can be bold in response to playback, although in general Glossy Antshrikes remain hidden in the lower stories of the vegetation.

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© Curtis Marantz

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

Recommended Citation

Glossy Antshrike (Sakesphorus luctuosus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: