Amazonian Antshrike

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Common Name: Amazonian Antshrike
Scientific Name: Thamnophilus amazonicus

Size: 5 - 5 ½ inches (13-14 cm)

Habitat: South America; in the Amazon Basin of Brazil, and east to Maranhão state; also Amazonian Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. It is in the Guianas in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, also two regions of Venezuela. It is usually found in forest edges, riverine forest and around light openings in these forests.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown.

Diet: Ants and a variety of insects gleaned from tree surfaces.

Nesting: The male Amazonian Antshrike shows bright grey on the head, neck and underparts, fading towards the belly. Also black wings with white wing-bars.The female has orange-rufous replacing the grey of the male. Nest is a small cup of 10 centimeter diameter and 5 centimeter deep. Neatly woven from several plant fibers and ornamented with moss. Located in a tree fork 1-3 meters above ground. Clutch size is normally 2 eggs, no further details.

Cool Facts: Pairs forage usually several meters above ground and often accompany understory mixed flocks.


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