Short-tailed Antthrush Chamaeza campanisona

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Formicariidae
  • Polytypic: 12 subspecies
  • Authors: Harold F. Greeney



Like other species of Chamaeza antthrushes, Short-tailed Antthrush walks deliberately along the forest floor, often along roots and logs, rhythmically pounding its short tail (Hilty and Brown 1986, Willis 1992, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Hilty 2003). This species usually remains concealed by thick vegetation, and so is difficult to observe (Hilty and Brown 1986, Willis 1992, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Hilty 2003), although it responds readily to imitations of its song (Willis 1992) or to tape playback. Short-tailed Antthrush generally does not follow army ants (Willis 1985, Hilty and Brown 1986), although Gochfeld and Tudor (1978) reported one Short-tailed Antthrush at a swarm of an unidentified ant species in Venezuela, and Willis (1985) noted a Short-tailed Antthrush "near" a swarm of Labidus praedator, also in Venezuela.


There are no specific data published on territorial defense, maintenance, or fidelity. Hilty (2003) noted that in Venezuela pairs "may maintain permanent territories but seem more apt to wander than [does] Schwartz's [Antthrush Chamaeza turdina] and are hence less predictable to locate".

Sexual Behavior

Not described, probably is at least socially monogamous. Although Short-tailed Antthrush forages on the ground, it often sings from an elevated perch "such as a horizontal branch, standing high with head back and neck arched" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b).

Social and interspecific behavior

Short-tailed Antthrush usually is solitary or in pairs.


No reports of predation on Short-tailed Antthrush?

Recommended Citation

Greeney, H. F. (2013). Short-tailed Antthrush (Chamaeza campanisona), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.