Spiny-faced Antshrike Xenornis setifrons

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Spiny-faced Antshrike often is rather quiet. The song is a series of evenly spaced, high pitched notes, the series rising steadily in pitch; the number of notes in the song varies from 3 to 12, with more notes given in response to playback, and 5 notes the most common number during natural singing bouts (Whitney and Rosenberg 1993).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Both sexes sing, but the song of the female is less rapid, slightly lower in pitch, and shorter (Whitney and Rosenberg 1993).

A call of Spiny-faced Antshrike is a fairly loud, rapid series of chak notes, most frequently three notes (chak-chak-chak), but the number of notes varying from one to five (Whitney and Rosenberg 1993).

Audio recordings of vocalizations of Spiny-faced Antshrike can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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