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Photo by Francisco Paludo
Uberaba, MG, Brazil, January 2017
Thamnophilus pelzelni


Photo © by renato.santos.4b
Brasil, 8 January 2021

14 cm (5½ in)

  • Black crown
  • Greyish flecked forehead
  • Grey upperparts with black flecks
  • White interscapular patch (usually concealed)


South America: found in the plateau region of central and eastern Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].


They prefer the understorey of deciduous forest, especially with vines.



There is little information available. Their main diet consists of insects, larvae, kaydids, grasshoppers and mantids.


  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. Zimmer, K. and M.L. Isler (2020). Planalto Slaty-Antshrike (Thamnophilus pelzelni), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.plasla1.01

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