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Short-tailed Antthrush - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Francisco Paludo
Iguaçu River, Porto Amazonas, Parana, Brazil, November 2015
Chamaeza campanisona


19–20 cm (7½-7¾ in)

  • Brown upperparts and crown
  • Black spot on forehead
  • White loral spot
  • White throat
  • Buffy underparts
  • Dusky feather edges
  • White tip to tail
  • Short bill
  • Short pale legs

Similar species

Such's Antthrush and Rufous-tailed Antthrush (see latter)


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina



There are 12 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. venezuelana: Mountains of northern Venezuela (east to Distrito Federal and Aragua)
  • C. c. yavii: Tepuis of south-central Venezuela (Cerro Yaví)
  • C. c. huachamacarii: Tepuis of southern Venezuela (Cerro Huachamacari)
  • C. c. obscura: Subtropical mountains of south-eastern Venezuela (Bolívar and southern Amazonas)
  • C. c. fulvescens: Tepuis of south-eastern Venezuela (Mount Roraima) and adjacent Guyana
  • C. c. columbiana: Eastern slope of Andes of Colombia
  • C. c. punctigula: Eastern Ecuador (Napo and Pastaza) to northern Peru (north of River Marañón)
  • C. c. olivacea: Tropical east-central Peru (south to Madre de Dios)
  • C. c. berlepschi: South-eastern Peru (Cusco) and extreme western Bolivia
  • C. c. boliviana: Andes of Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz)
  • C. c. campanisona: Eastern and south-eastern Brazil (Ceará, Alagoas, and southern Bahia to Santa Catarina)
  • C. c. tshororo: Eastern Paraguay, southern Brazil and north-eastern Argentina


Floor of humid montane forest; mature secondary woods with open understorey.



Their varied diet consists of insects such as spiders and ants, as well as fruit.


Recording by Andrew Whitehouse


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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