Amazonian Antshrike Thamnophilus amazonicus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
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The Amazonian Antshrike is a widespread inhabitant of the Amazon Basin from Venezuela and Colombia across Brazil to northern Bolivia. Male Amazonion Antshrikes are gray with a black crown and tail. Additionally the wings are black but are boldly spotted with white. Male members of the race cinereiceps are smaller and paler than the nominate race, and have a gray crown. Females have dark olive upperparts with a bright yellowish red-brown head and underparts. Amazonian Antshrikes are found in the understory and mid-storey of lowland evergreen forest, forest edges and second growth. Specific habitat preferences vary widely among the five recognized subspecies of Amazonian Antshrike. These birds are most often found singly or in pairs foraging from 5-17 meters above ground in clusters of hanging vines and dense stands of vegetation. Like other antshrike species, the Amazonian Antshrike forages by taking a series of short hops pausing occasionally to scan the surrounding vegetation for their insect prey.

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

Recommended Citation

Amazonian Antshrike (Thamnophilus amazonicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: