Barred Antthrush Chamaeza mollissima

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Formicariidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Roger Ahlman

Arguably the most immediately distinctive of the Chamaeza antthrushes on account of its very heavily and closely barred (rather than scalloped or streaked) underparts, the Barred Antthrush is a very local and relatively infrequently encountered bird. It ranges through the Andes, from central Colombia south to Bolivia, but seems to be nowhere easily seen, and like other congenerics is most likely to be initially detected by virtue of its voice, a steadily delivered series of notes recalling that of Schwartz’s Antthrush (Chamaeza turdina) or Such’s Antthrush (Chamaeza meruloides). Barred Antthrush inhabits the undergrowth (usually the ground) of undisturbed cloud forests, often in areas with many mosses and lichens, at elevations between at least 1800 and 3100 m.

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© Bret Whitney

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

Recommended Citation

Barred Antthrush (Chamaeza mollissima), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: