Barred Antshrike

Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus)

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The Barred Antshrike has an unmistakable song, that sounds like a laugh. It appears in gardens and forest edges, but it may be difficult to find it in the middle of heavy foliage. It may be seen alone or in couples. Among the antshrikes, the Barred Antshrike features the broadest geographic distribution in Brazil.

Name in Portuguese: Choca-barrada

Family: Thamnophilidae

Size: 17 cm

Sexual dimorphism: male is black barred in white, while female is cinnamon

Thamnophilus doliatus femea

Female Barred Antshrike

Feeding: insects and other little artropods

Habitat: gardens, parks, forest edges

Similar species: it follows the pattern of other antshrikes (like Variable Antshrike, Thamnophilus caerulescens), but it is hard to mistake.


A young male Barred-Antshrike. Plumage is still in an intermediate stage.


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