Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Planalto Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus pelzelni)


Taxonomy

French: Batara de Pelzeln German: Planaltoameisenwürger Spanish: Batará pizarroso del Planalto
Taxonomy:

Thamnophilus punctatus pelzelni

Hellmayr

, 1924,

Abrilongo, Mato Grosso, Brazil

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Member of the “T. punctatus group” (which see). Species-level distinctness of present taxon corroborated by DNA study#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & E Brazil from E Maranhão, Ceará and Paraíba to W Bahia and N Minas Gerais and from E & S Mato Grosso and Goiás to N Mato Grosso do Sul, extreme N Paraná and W São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 16–20 g. Male has crown black, forehead mixed with grey; upper­parts grey with some black feathers centrally, white interscapular patch (concealed); wings... read more

Voice

Loudsong an accelerating series of rather harsh, dry notes (e.g. 20 notes, 5 seconds) ending with... read more

Habitat

Understorey and mid-storey of deciduous and semi-deciduous forest, especially with vines (mata-... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds primarily on insects, including lepidopteran larvae, katydids (Tettigoniidae), grasshoppers (Acrididae), mantids (... read more

Breeding

Little recorded. Until recently, single published description of two nests found in Oct, each an open cup suspended by rim from horizontal... read more

Movements

Presumed resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout most of its range. This includes a number of protected areas, e.g. Chapada dos Guimarães, Sete Cidades,... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2018). Planalto Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus pelzelni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/56683 on 15 December 2018).