Barred Antshrike

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Common Name: Barred Antshrike
Scientific Name: Thamnophilus doliatus intermedius

Size: 6 ¾ inches (17cm)

Habitat: Central and South America; found in Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, and also South America east of the Andes down to northern Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay in of thickets, mangroves and gardens.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 5,000,000 - 50,000,000 Mature individuals.

Diet: Ants and other Insects; small lizards and sometimes berries.

Nesting: Sexes are very different; the male is barred all over with black and white, and has a white-based black crest that is raised in display. The female is rufous above with a chestnut crest. The sides of her head and neck are streaked with black, and the under parts are rich buff. The female lays two purple-marked creamy white eggs in a deep cup nest in a shrub, which are incubated by both sexes for 14 days to hatching. The chicks fledge in another 12-13 days.

Cool Facts: The commonest of the Antshrikes is almost always seen in territorial pairs.

Barred Antshrikes follow columns of army ants, eating as it goes, and will take small lizards ocassionally. It is a shy bird, often skulking in nearby cover and usually is located by its chuckling hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu song, often performed as a duet by a pair of birds, or a growled graaaaa.


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