Schwartz's Antthrush Chamaeza turdina

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Formicariidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Jhonathan Miranda

This member of the genus Chamaeza has a relatively tiny and highly disjunct range in the north-coastal mountains of Venezuela, and in Colombia’s upper Magdalena and middle Cauca valleys. Two subspecies are recognized for these well-separated populations. The Schwartz’s Antthrush was long considered to be conspecific with the Atlantic Forest endemic, Rufous-tailed Antthrush (Chamaeza ruficauda), but in addition to being obviously highly disjunct geographically, the two differ in both vocalizations and morphology. The species takes its English name from the legendary North American observer and sound recordist Paul Schwartz, a long-time resident of Venezuela, who was a pioneer in the use of avian sounds to resolve taxonomic problems.

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© Thomas H. Davis

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

Recommended Citation

Schwartz's Antthrush (Chamaeza turdina), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: