Spiny-faced Antshrike Xenornis setifrons

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg

Diet and Foraging


Spiny-faced Antshrike is insectivorous, but its diet is not known in any detail. Whitney and Rosenberg (1993) suspected than it primarily takes small arthropods, as they never were able to any see "anything more than tiny legs on any of the items captured". Christian (2001) observed adults provisioning nestlings with caterpillars (larval Lepidoptera).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2015). Spiny-faced Antshrike (Xenornis setifrons), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.spfant1.01