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Great Antshrike

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Photo by Rogerio AraĂșjo DiasPhotographed:  Brazil
Photo by Rogerio AraĂșjo Dias
Photographed: Brazil
Taraba major


[edit] Identification

19–20 cm
It has a heavy hooked bill, a crest and a bright red iris.
The male is black above with two white wing-bars and underparts are white.
Female has rufous where the male is black.

[edit] Variations

FemalePhoto by kircus_brParque Estadual de ItaĂșnas, Brazil, February 2009
Photo by kircus_br
Parque Estadual de ItaĂșnas, Brazil, February 2009

Several of the subspecies are distinct both in plumage and voice (Restall 2006)

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America: found from Mexico through Central America, and South America to northern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

Differences in plumage and voice indicate there could be more than one species involved; Restall indicates that such distinctions should be drawn between birds east and west of the Andes, but also between subspecies granadensis and semifasciatus.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 10 subspecies[1]:

  • T. m. melanocrissus: Caribbean slope of south-eastern Mexico (San Luis PotosĂ­) to western Panama
  • T. m. obscurus: Western Costa Rica to Panama and northern Colombia
  • T. m. transandeanus: Coastal south-western Colombia to western Ecuador and north-western Peru (Tumbes)
  • T. m. granadensis: Caribbean slope of northern Colombia to north-western Venezuela
  • T. m. semifasciatus: Extreme eastern Colombia to southern Venezuela, the Guianas, northern and eastern Brazil
  • T. m. duidae: Tepuis of south-eastern Venezuela (Mount Duida)
  • T. m. melanurus: South-eastern Colombia to eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru and south-western Amazonian Brazil)
  • T. m. borbae: South-central Amazonian Brazil (Rio PurĂșs to Rio Madeira)
  • T. m. stagurus: North-eastern Brazil (eastern MaranhĂŁo to Pernambuco and EspirĂ­to Santo)
  • T. m. major: Eastern Bolivia to south-central Brazil, western Paraguay and northern Argentina

[edit] Habitat

Dense undergrowth and tangly thickets in clearings and forest borders.

[edit] Behaviour

Makes sudden tail movements while singing.

[edit] Diet

A varied diet of insects, invertebrates, lizards and frogs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)
  4. Restall et all 2006 Birds of Northern South America ISBN 9780300108620
  5. BF Member observations

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