A widespread inhabitant of the neotropics, the Russet Antshrike ranges from Southeastern Mexico to central Bolivia. Male Russet Antshrikes have olive-brown upperparts, olive yellow supercilium, cinnamon-rufous wings, an orange interscapular patch and pale yellowish-olive underparts. Female Russet Antshrikes lack the orange interscapular patch of the male. These birds inhabit the canopy and subcanopy of montane and lowland evergreen forest, as well as tall second growth forest. Russet Antshrikes can be found singly or in pairs almost always interspersed among interspecies flocks. These birds are energetic foragers and are often seen climbing up trees through a series of short hops before flying to a new tree and starting the process over again. The diet of the Russet Antshrike consists of beetles, crickets, cicadas and other insects which they capture by perch gleaning or probing curled dead leaves and clusters of moss.