French: Batara d’Amazonie German: Amazonienameisenwürger Spanish: Batará amazónico
P. L. Sclater
Río Yavarí, north-east Peru
Subspecies and Distribution
T. a. cinereiceps
Pelzeln, 1868 – Grey-capped Antshrike – SW Venezuela (W Amazonas), EC Colombia (Vichada and Meta S to Caquetá and Vaupés) and NW Brazil (both banks of upper R Negro and along W lower bank S to R Solimões).
T. a. divaricatus
Mees, 1974 – extreme E Venezuela (E Bolívar), the Guianas, and NE Brazil N of R Amazon (E of R Branco and R Negro, E to N Pará and Amapá).
T. a. amazonicus
P. L. Sclater, 1858 – Amazonian Antshrike – SE Colombia (S Amazonas), extreme E Ecuador (E Orellana), E Peru, W Brazil S of R Amazon and W of R Tapajós (S Amazonas and extreme W Pará S to Acre, Rondônia and W Mato Grosso) and N Bolivia (Pando, N La Paz, N Beni, NE Santa Cruz).
T. a. obscurus
J. T. Zimmer, 1933 – SC Amazonian Brazil (S Pará between R Tapajós and R Tocantins).
T. a. paraensis
Todd, 1927 – E of R Tocantins in E Pará, W Maranhão and N Tocantins.
14 cm; 17–21 g. Male nominate race has centre of forehead and crown black, side of head grey; back mostly black, rump grey, interscapular patch white; outer scapulars... read more
Loudsong a long (e.g. 30 notes, 3 seconds) uncountable series that typically increases in speed and... read more
Understorey and mid-storey of lowland evergreen forest, edges, and second growth, specific habitat... read more
Food and feeding
Little published. Feeds on a variety of insects, including lepidopteran larvae, katydids (Tettigoniidae), mantids (Mantidae), stick-insects... read more
May–Jan in Brazil; food-carrying adults seen in Mar, Aug and Sept. Nest a deep cup 10 cm in diameter and 5 cm in depth, variably... read more
None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Varies from being uncommon to being locally common. Extensive range includes vast areas of protected suitable habitat, examples being Brownsberg... read more
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