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Thamnophilus melanothorax

Sakesphorus melanothorax


16–17 cm

  • Black
  • White scapular patches
  • White wing-covert spots
  • Broad white tail band


South America: found in Suriname, French Guiana and north-eastern Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Moved from genus Sakesphorus to genus Thamnophilus.[1][2]


Heavy undergrowth with vines in humid forest or dryer among boulders; swamps.



Their diet is not well recorded but presumably consists of a variety to insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. SACC proposal read July 6, 2008.
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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