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Black-crowned Antshrike - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by DiggitalD
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Alternative name: Western Slaty-Antshrike

Thamnophilus atrinucha


Female, subspecies atrinucha
Photo © by jirijech
Cahuita NP, Costa Rica, December 2012

15 cm (6 in)

  • Grey overall plumage (darker upperparts)
  • Black crown


Central and South America:
Central America: found in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: western Colombia, western Venezuela, western Ecuador and Peru



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • T. a. atrinucha:
  • T. a. gorgonae:


Lowland and foothill semi-decidluous forests, where they stick to the lower and understorey.



Their main diet consists of insects such as grasshoppers, katydids and crickets; also adult and larval lepidoptera.


Both adults construct the nest.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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