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Chestnut-backed Antshrike - BirdForum Opus

Photo by arthurgrosset
Camacã, Bahia, Brazil, March 2004
Thamnophilus palliatus


Photo © by Fritz73
Camacan, Brazil, 6 September 2017


  • Rufous-chestnut back and tail
  • Black crown
  • Streaked and barred black and white underparts and sides of head
  • Dark iris
  • Grey bill, legs and feet

Female: similar, rufous-chestnut crown


Two separate populations: coastal eastern Brazil; and from just south of the Amazon River in estern Brazil to Bolivia and Peru.

Photo by Rafael Fortes
Angra dos Reis-RJ, Brazil, June 2010


Four subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T.p. similis:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of central Peru (Huánuco and Junín)
  • T.p. puncticeps:
  • South-eastern Peru (Cusco and Puno) to northern Bolivia and southern Amazonian Brazil
  • T.p. palliatus:
  • Brazil south of River Amazon and coastal north-eastern Brazil (Paraíba to northern Bahia)
  • T.p. vestitus:
  • Coastal eastern Brazil (southern Bahia to Rio de Janeiro)


Forest edges, secondary woodland, bamboo, parks, gardens.


It builds a cup nest from twigs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  3. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
  4. Arthur Grosset

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