Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Silvery-cheeked Antshrike (Sakesphorus cristatus)


Taxonomy

French: Batara à joues argent German: Silberwangen-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará crestado
Taxonomy:

Thamnophilus cristatus

Wied

, 1831,

Bahia, Brazil

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Proposed placement in separate monotypic genus Sakesphoroides on grounds of several distinctive morphological characters#R requires further study. Monotypic.

Distribution:

NE Brazil in Ceará, N & C Rio Grande do Norte, SE Piauí, W Pernambuco, Bahia (except coast) and C Minas Gerais (S to upper São Francisco Valley and upper R Doce drainage#R).

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Crested. Male has forehead, crest, anterior face, throat and centre of breast black, rest of head and underparts greyish-white; back drab brown; wings and tail black,... read more

Voice

Loudsong a short series (e.g. 10 notes, 2·5 seconds), initially sharp and strident, then... read more

Habitat

Understorey and mid-storey of deciduous forest and arid lowland caatinga, to 1100 m. Most... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on variety of insects and other arthropod prey; there is a high predominance of ants and termites, with seasonal shifts in the... read more

Breeding

Nothing known.

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common within its small range. Occurs in Cavernas do Peruaçu National Park, in Minas Gerais. Mata-de-cip... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2019). Silvery-cheeked Antshrike (Sakesphorus cristatus). 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/56656 on 25 April 2019).