Black-crested Antshrike Sakesphorus canadensis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
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  • © Daniel Uribe-Restrepo

Six subspecies of the Black-crested Antshrike are recognized across the species’ somewhat unusual range, which extends from the north coast of South America, between Colombia and French Guiana, south through the Orinoco–Negro basin, thence west along the Amazon to northeast Peru. The species’ vocalizations do not appear to differ greatly, but plumage differences are quite marked, especially in overall darkness and color intensity in males, with Sakesphorus canadensis fumosus, of southwest Venezuela and northernmost Brazil, almost entirely sooty black, other than the white wing markings, while females of the different taxa vary principally in mantle color and the face and breast pattern. Habitat preferences also vary across the Black-crested Antshrike’s range, from deciduous woodland in the north, to seasonally flooded forest in Amazonia, but the species is generally found alone or in pairs, which are usually highly responsive to playback, and only sometimes consort with mixed-species foraging flocks.

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© Paul A. Schwartz

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

Recommended Citation

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