Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thamnophilidae (Antbirds)  
Genus: Thamnophilus (16 species, 30 worldwide)


White-shouldered Antshrike
White-shouldered Antshrike (Thamnophilus aethiops) Male
Bellandia Lodge, Pastaza, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

White-shouldered Antshrike
White-shouldered Antshrike (Thamnophilus aethiops) Female
Bellandia Lodge, Pastaza, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.


Amazonian Antshrike
Amazonian Antshrike (Thamnophilus amazonicus cinereiceps) Male
Mitu, Vaupes, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Amazonian Antshrike
Amazonian Antshrike (Thamnophilus amazonicus) Female
Mitu, Vaupes, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Common. Not always inside the forest.


Black-crowned Antshrike
Black-crowned Antshrike (Thamnophilus atrinucha atrinucha) Male
Soberania National Park, Panama
  A common widespread species once called Western Slaty Antshrike.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Black-crowned Antshrike
Black-crowned Antshrike (Thamnophilus atrinucha) Female
Soberania National Park, Panama  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Alt. photo

Castelnau's Antshrike
Castelnau's Antshrike (Thamnophilus cryptoleucus) Male
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Castelnau's Antshrike
Castelnau's Antshrike (Thamnophilus cryptoleucus) Female
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia
  Found in Amazon big river ecosystem.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.



Barred Antshrike
Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus) Male
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Barred Antshrike
Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus albicans) Female
San Jeronimo, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

From back.

Black-backed Antshrike
Black-backed Antshrike (Thamnophilus melanonotus) Male
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Black-backed Antshrike
Black-backed Antshrike (Thamnophilus melanonotus) Female
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Found in dry areas, but not the desert where the [Black-crested Antshrike] is common.
From front.

Bar-crested Antshrike
Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus) Male
Tarso, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Bar-crested Antshrike
Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus multistriatus) Female
Medellin, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Vocal. Found inside and outside of the forest, and even in small forest fragments inside cities. Found at higher altitudes than the similar [Barred Antshrike]. Male is completely barred, including back, belly and crest.

Mouse-colored Antshrike
Mouse-colored Antshrike (Thamnophilus murinus canipennis) Male
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Mouse-colored Antshrike
Mouse-colored Antshrike (Thamnophilus murinus canipennis) Female
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Race canipennis is more uniformly and lighter grey than the other two races, which have brown to dark grey wings. Vocally almost exactly like a [Plain-winged Antshrike].
Female from front.
Bird with bill deformity.

Black Antshrike
Black Antshrike (Thamnophilus nigriceps) Male
Darien, Panama
  Often seen in mangrove habitats.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Black Antshrike
Black Antshrike (Thamnophilus nigriceps) Female
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A smaller antshrike with a smaller bill, almost like an antbird. Found in dark, wet areas, including mangroves.
Female from front.

Blackish-grey Antshrike
Blackish-grey Antshrike (Thamnophilus nigrocinereus cinereoniger) Male
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Blackish-grey Antshrike
Blackish-grey Antshrike (Thamnophilus nigrocinereus cinereoniger) Female
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A varzea species. Note that the immature is much lighter in color.

Chestnut-backed Antshrike
Chestnut-backed Antshrike (Thamnophilus palliatus) Rare/Accidental
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia
  The Chestnut-backed Antshrike is found in southeast South America, but a similar but darker Antshrike has recently been discovered in Inirida.
   
Photograph by Manakin Nature Tours - Luis Urueña   © All Rights Reserved.


Cocha Antshrike
Cocha Antshrike (Thamnophilus praecox) Male Near Threatened Rare/Accidental
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Cocha Antshrike
Cocha Antshrike (Thamnophilus praecox) Female Near Threatened Rare/Accidental
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Local. Once considered an endemic species of Ecuador, the Cocha Antshrike has now been found in Colombian on the Brazil border. Note female similar to [White-shouldered Antbird] female.

Northern Slaty Antshrike
Northern Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus punctatus interpositus) Male
Las Unamas Natural Reserve, San Martin, Meta, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Northern Slaty Antshrike
Northern Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus punctatus interpositus) Female
Las Unamas Natural Reserve, Meta, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.



Plain-winged Antshrike
Plain-winged Antshrike (Thamnophilus schistaceus capitalis) Male
Amacayacu National Park, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Male all dark grey, female rufous, both with darker color on cap. Vocally just like the [Mouse-colored Antshrike], but is darker and has a red, not light grey, eye.
At a nest of 'green moss, lichens or fungus-whitened twigs' as described by HBW.

Lined Antshrike
Lined Antshrike (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus tenuifasciatus) Male
Cotundo, Napo province, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Lined Antshrike
Lined Antshrike (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus) Female
Archidona, Napo, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by François Grenon   © All Rights Reserved.


Uniform Antshrike
Uniform Antshrike (Thamnophilus unicolor grandior) Male
Predio de Conservacion Ecologico Paniquita, Cali, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Uniform Antshrike
Uniform Antshrike (Thamnophilus unicolor grandior) Female
Cali, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.



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