Thamnophilidae – Antbirds

 Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus) by Ian

Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus) by Ian

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. (Matthew 13:31-32 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Thamnophilidae – Antbirds


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Species (235)

Fasciated Antshrike (Cymbilaimus lineatus) ©WikiC
Bamboo Antshrike (Cymbilaimus sanctaemariae) IBC
Spot-backed Antshrike (Hypoedaleus guttatus) by Dario Sanches
Giant Antshrike (Batara cinerea) IBC
Large-tailed Antshrike (Mackenziaena leachii) by Dario Sanches
Tufted Antshrike (Mackenziaena severa) by Dario Sanches
Black-throated Antshrike (Frederickena viridis) Oiseaux – Video IBC
Undulated Antshrike (Frederickena unduliger) IBC
Fulvous Antshrike (Frederickena fulva) WorldBirds
Great Antshrike (Taraba major) by Ian
Black-crested Antshrike (Sakesphorus canadensis) ©WikiC
Silvery-cheeked Antshrike (Sakesphorus cristatus) by A Grosset
Glossy Antshrike (Sakesphorus luctuosus) IBC
White-bearded Antshrike (Biatas nigropectus) ©WikiC
Collared Antshrike (Thamnophilus bernardi) by Ian
Black-backed Antshrike (Thamnophilus melanonotus) IBC
Band-tailed Antshrike (Thamnophilus melanothorax) Gepog
Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus) by Ian
Chapman’s Antshrike (Thamnophilus zarumae) IBC
Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus) ©WikiC
Lined Antshrike (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus) IBC
Chestnut-backed Antshrike (Thamnophilus palliatus) ©WikiC
Black-hooded Antshrike (Thamnophilus bridgesi) ©WikiC
Black Antshrike (Thamnophilus nigriceps) ©WikiC
Cocha Antshrike (Thamnophilus praecox) IBC
Blackish-grey Antshrike (Thamnophilus nigrocinereus) IBC
Castelnau’s Antshrike (Thamnophilus cryptoleucus) IBC
White-shouldered Antshrike (Thamnophilus aethiops) ©WikiC
Uniform Antshrike (Thamnophilus unicolor) by Robert Scanlon
Plain-winged Antshrike (Thamnophilus schistaceus) IBC
Mouse-colored Antshrike (Thamnophilus murinus) IBC
Upland Antshrike (Thamnophilus aroyae) IBC
Black-crowned Antshrike (Thamnophilus atrinucha) ©WikiC
Northern Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus punctatus) IBC
Natterer’s Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus stictocephalus) IBC
Bolivian Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus sticturus) IBC
Planalto Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus pelzelni) ©WikiC
Sooretama Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus ambiguus) IBC
Amazonian Antshrike (Thamnophilus amazonicus) IBC
Acre Antshrike (Thamnophilus divisorius) NeotropicalBirds
Streak-backed Antshrike (Thamnophilus insignis) WorldBirds
Variable Antshrike (Thamnophilus caerulescens) by Dario Sanches
Rufous-winged Antshrike (Thamnophilus torquatus) IBC
Rufous-capped Antshrike (Thamnophilus ruficapillus) IBC
Pearly Antshrike (Megastictus margaritatus) IBC
Black Bushbird (Neoctantes niger) IBC
Recurve-billed Bushbird (Clytoctantes alixii) IBC
Rondonia Bushbird (Clytoctantes atrogularis) Neotropical Birds
Speckled Antshrike (Xenornis setifrons) BirdLife
Russet Antshrike (Thamnistes anabatinus) by Michael Woodruff
Spot-breasted Antvireo (Dysithamnus stictothorax) ©WikiC
Plain Antvireo (Dysithamnus mentalis) by Ian
Streak-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus striaticeps) IBC
Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) ©©fveronesi1
Rufous-backed Antvireo (Dysithamnus xanthopterus) WorldBirds
Bicolored Antvireo (Dysithamnus occidentalis) IBC
Plumbeous Antvireo (Dysithamnus plumbeus) IBC
White-streaked Antvireo (Dysithamnus leucostictus) IBC
Dusky-throated Antshrike (Thamnomanes ardesiacus) IBC
Saturnine Antshrike (Thamnomanes saturninus) IBC
Cinereous Antshrike (Thamnomanes caesius) IBC
Bluish-slate Antshrike (Thamnomanes schistogynus) IBC
Spot-winged Antshrike (Pygiptila stellaris) IBC
Checker-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla fulviventris) ©WikiC
Brown-bellied Antwren (Epinecrophylla gutturalis) Oiseaux
White-eyed Antwren (Epinecrophylla leucophthalma) IBC
Napo Stipple-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla haematonota) IBC
Negro Stipple-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla pyrrhonota)
Madeira Stipple-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla amazonica)
Yasuni Antwren (Epinecrophylla fjeldsaai) IBC
Foothill Antwren (Epinecrophylla spodionota) Samwood – Sound
Ornate Antwren (Epinecrophylla ornata) ©WikiC
Rufous-tailed Antwren (Epinecrophylla erythrura) IBC
Plain-throated Antwren (Isleria hauxwelli) IBC
Rufous-bellied Antwren (Isleria guttata) IBC
Moustached Antwren (Myrmotherula ignota) IBC
Pygmy Antwren (Myrmotherula brachyura) IBC
Guianan Streaked Antwren (Myrmotherula surinamensis) IBC
Amazonian Streaked Antwren (Myrmotherula multostriata) IBC
Pacific Antwren (Myrmotherula pacifica) ©WikiC
Cherrie’s Antwren (Myrmotherula cherriei) IBC
Klages’s Antwren (Myrmotherula klagesi) IBC
Stripe-chested Antwren (Myrmotherula longicauda) IBC
Yellow-throated Antwren (Myrmotherula ambigua) IBC
Sclater’s Antwren (Myrmotherula sclateri) ©©Flickr FPereira
Star-throated Antwren (Rhopias gularis) by Dario Sanches
White-flanked Antwren (Myrmotherula axillaris) by Michael Woodruff
Silvery-flanked Antwren (Myrmotherula luctuosa) IBC
Slaty Antwren (Myrmotherula schisticolor) IBC
Rio Suno Antwren (Myrmotherula sunensis) – Sound  ** Need Photo **
Salvadori’s Antwren (Myrmotherula minor) IBC
Long-winged Antwren (Myrmotherula longipennis)
Band-tailed Antwren (Myrmotherula urosticta) IBC
Ihering’s Antwren (Myrmotherula iheringi) IBC
Rio de Janeiro Antwren (Myrmotherula fluminensis) Specimen
Yungas Antwren (Myrmotherula grisea) IBC
Unicolored Antwren (Myrmotherula unicolor) by Dario Sanches
Alagoas Antwren (Myrmotherula snowi) IBC
Plain-winged Antwren (Myrmotherula behni) IBC
Grey Antwren (Myrmotherula menetriesii) IBC
Leaden Antwren (Myrmotherula assimilis) IBC
Banded Antbird (Dichrozona cincta) IBC
Stripe-backed Antbird (Myrmorchilus strigilatus) Worldbirds
Bahia Antwren (Herpsilochmus pileatus) IBC
Caatinga Antwren (Herpsilochmus sellowi) IBC
Black-capped Antwren (Herpsilochmus atricapillus) by Arthur Grosset
Aripuana Antwren (Herpsilochmus stotzi) (4.1)
Predicted Antwren (Herpsilochmus praedictus) (4.1)
Creamy-bellied Antwren (Herpsilochmus motacilloides) ©©Flickr Barbetboy
Ash-throated Antwren (Herpsilochmus parkeri) DavesGarden
Spot-tailed Antwren (Herpsilochmus sticturus) Video IBC
Dugand’s Antwren (Herpsilochmus dugandi) MarkEaton
Todd’s Antwren (Herpsilochmus stictocephalus) Oiseaux
Spot-backed Antwren (Herpsilochmus dorsimaculatus) IBC
Roraiman Antwren (Herpsilochmus roraimae) Video IBC
Pectoral Antwren (Herpsilochmus pectoralis) by Arthur Grosset
Large-billed Antwren (Herpsilochmus longirostris) Oiseaux
Ancient Antwren (Herpsilochmus gentryi) AmazonRiverExp
Yellow-breasted Antwren (Herpsilochmus axillaris) WorldBirds
Rufous-winged Antwren (Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus) by Dario Sanches
Dot-winged Antwren (Microrhopias quixensis)  ©©fveronsi1
Narrow-billed Antwren (Formicivora iheringi) IBC
Black-hooded Antwren (Formicivora erythronotos) ©WikiC
Southern White-fringed Antwren (Formicivora grisea) IBC
Northern White-fringed Antwren (Formicivora intermedia) IBC
Serra Antwren (Formicivora serrana) IBC
Black-bellied Antwren (Formicivora melanogaster) IBC
Rusty-backed Antwren (Formicivora rufa) ©WikiC
Sincora Antwren (Formicivora grantsaui) ©WikiC
Marsh Antwren (Stymphalornis acutirostris) by Dario Sanches
Ferruginous Antbird (Drymophila ferruginea) by Dario Sanches
Bertoni’s Antbird (Drymophila rubricollis) IBC
Rufous-tailed Antbird (Drymophila genei) IBC
Ochre-rumped Antbird (Drymophila ochropyga) IBC
Dusky-tailed Antbird (Drymophila malura) by Dario Sanches
Scaled Antbird (Drymophila squamata) IBC
Striated Antbird (Drymophila devillei) IBC
Santa Marta Antbird (Drymophila hellmayri) Video IBC
Klages’s Antbird (Drymophila klagesi) ©©Flickr amcuervo
East Andean Antbird (Drymophila caudata) Oiseaux
Streak-headed Antbird (Drymophila striaticeps) ©WikiC
Rufous-rumped Antwren (Euchrepomis callinota) IBC
Chestnut-shouldered Antwren (Euchrepomis humeralis) IBC
Yellow-rumped Antwren (Euchrepomis sharpei) IBC
Ash-winged Antwren (Euchrepomis spodioptila) WorldBirds
Streak-capped Antwren (Terenura maculata) IBC
Orange-bellied Antwren (Terenura sicki) IBC
Grey Antbird (Cercomacra cinerascens) IBC
Rio de Janeiro Antbird (Cercomacra brasiliana) IBC
Dusky Antbird (Cercomacra tyrannina) female by Michael Woodruff
Willis’s Antbird (Cercomacra laeta) IBC
Parker’s Antbird (Cercomacra parkeri) IBC
Blackish Antbird (Cercomacra nigrescens) IBC
Riparian Antbird (Cercomacra fuscicauda) (4.4)
Black Antbird (Cercomacra serva) IBC
Jet Antbird (Cercomacra nigricans) IBC
Rio Branco Antbird (Cercomacra carbonaria) IBC
Mato Grosso Antbird (Cercomacra melanaria) ©WikiC
Manu Antbird (Cercomacra manu) IBC
Bananal Antbird (Cercomacra ferdinandi) IBC
White-backed Fire-eye (Pyriglena leuconota) ©WikiC
Fringe-backed Fire-eye (Pyriglena atra) IBC
White-shouldered Fire-eye (Pyriglena leucoptera) by Dario Sanches
Slender Antbird (Rhopornis ardesiacus) IBC
White-browed Antbird (Myrmoborus leucophrys) Video IBC
Ash-breasted Antbird (Myrmoborus lugubris) IBC
Black-faced Antbird (Myrmoborus myotherinus) ©WikiC
Black-tailed Antbird (Myrmoborus melanurus) IBC
Guianan Warbling Antbird (Hypocnemis cantator)
Imeri Warbling Antbird (Hypocnemis flavescens) by Arthur Grosset
Peruvian Warbling Antbird (Hypocnemis peruviana) IBC
Yellow-breasted Warbling Antbird (Hypocnemis subflava) ©©Flickr CTimm
Rondonia Warbling Antbird (Hypocnemis ochrogyna) Friendship
Manicore Warbling Antbird Hypocnemis rondoni (4.1)
Spix’s Warbling Antbird (Hypocnemis striata) Video IBC
Yellow-browed Antbird (Hypocnemis hypoxantha) IBC
Black-chinned Antbird (Hypocnemoides melanopogon) IBC
Band-tailed Antbird (Hypocnemoides maculicauda) IBC
Black-and-white Antbird (Myrmochanes hemileucus) IBC
Bare-crowned Antbird (Gymnocichla nudiceps) IBC
Silvered Antbird (Sclateria naevia) IBC
Black-headed Antbird (Percnostola rufifrons) IBC
Allpahuayo Antbird (Percnostola arenarum) IBC
White-lined Antbird (Percnostola lophotes) WorldBirds
Slate-colored Antbird (Schistocichla schistacea)  – Sound ** Need Photo **
Spot-winged Antbird (Schistocichla leucostigma) ©WikiC
Humaita Antbird (Schistocichla humaythae) Friendship
Brownish-headed Antbird (Schistocichla brunneiceps) Friendship
Rufous-faced Antbird (Schistocichla rufifacies) Video IBC
Roraiman Antbird (Schistocichla saturata) ©©Flickr Lightbrigade
Caura Antbird (Schistocichla caurensis) ©©Flickr ConcursoAI
Yapacana Antbird (Myrmeciza disjuncta) IBC
White-bellied Antbird (Myrmeciza longipes) by Ian
Chestnut-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza exsul) IBC
Ferruginous-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza ferruginea) IBC
Scalloped Antbird (Myrmeciza ruficauda) WorldBirds
White-bibbed Antbird (Myrmeciza loricata) IBC
Squamate Antbird (Myrmeciza squamosa) by Dario Sanches
Dull-mantled Antbird (Myrmeciza laemosticta) by Michael Woodruff
Magdalena Antbird (Myrmeciza palliata) IBC
Esmeraldas Antbird (Myrmeciza nigricauda) by Michael Woodruff
Stub-tailed Antbird (Myrmeciza berlepschi) IBC
Grey-bellied Antbird (Myrmeciza pelzelni) IBC
Northern Chestnut-tailed Antbird (Myrmeciza castanea) ©©Flickr CGallego
Southern Chestnut-tailed Antbird (Myrmeciza hemimelaena) IBC
Black-throated Antbird (Myrmeciza atrothorax) IBC
White-shouldered Antbird (Myrmeciza melanoceps) IBC
Goeldi’s Antbird (Myrmeciza goeldii) WorldBirds
Plumbeous Antbird (Myrmeciza hyperythra) IBC
Sooty Antbird (Myrmeciza fortis) IBC
Blue-lored Antbird (Myrmeciza immaculata) by Michael Woodruff
Zeledon’s Antbird (Myrmeciza zeledonia} Video IBC
Grey-headed Antbird (Myrmeciza griseiceps) WorldBirds
Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis torquata) Oiseaux
White-plumed Antbird (Pithys albifrons) ©WikiC (Wow!)
White-masked Antbird (Pithys castaneus) Video IBC
Bicolored Antbird (Gymnopithys bicolor) (4.1)
White-cheeked Antbird (Gymnopithys leucaspis) ©WikiC
Rufous-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys rufigula) IBC
White-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys salvini) IBC
Lunulated Antbird (Gymnopithys lunulatus) Video IBC
Bare-eyed Antbird (Rhegmatorhina gymnops) IBC
Harlequin Antbird (Rhegmatorhina berlepschi) IBC
White-breasted Antbird (Rhegmatorhina hoffmannsi) Video IBC
Chestnut-crested Antbird (Rhegmatorhina cristata) IBC
Hairy-crested Antbird (Rhegmatorhina melanosticta) ©WikiC
Spotted Antbird (Hylophylax naevioides) ©©fversonsi1
Spot-backed Antbird (Hylophylax naevius) IBC
Dot-backed Antbird (Hylophylax punctulatus) IBC
Common Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis poecilinotus) Oiseaux
Xingu Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis vidua) IBC
Black-spotted Bare-eye (Phlegopsis nigromaculata) ©Drawing WikiC
Reddish-winged Bare-eye (Phlegopsis erythroptera) ©©Flickr Lalinha
Pale-faced Bare-eye (Phlegopsis borbae) IBC
Ocellated Antbird (Phaenostictus mcleannani) ©WikiC
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The antbirds are a large family, Thamnophilidae, of passerine birds found across subtropical and tropical Central and South America, from Mexico to Argentina. There are more than 200 species, known variously as antshrikes, antwrens, antvireos, fire-eyes, bare-eyes and bushbirds. They are related to the antthrushes and antpittas (family Formicariidae), the tapaculos, the gnateaters and the ovenbirds. Despite some species’ common names, this family is not closely related to the wrens, vireos or shrikes.

Antbirds are generally small birds with rounded wings and strong legs. They have mostly sombre grey, white, brown and rufous plumage, which is sexually dimorphic in pattern and colouring. Some species communicate warnings to rivals by exposing white feather patches on their backs or shoulders. Most have heavy bills, which in many species are hooked at the tip. (Wikipedia with editing)

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