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Upland Antshrike - BirdForum Opus

Thamnophilus aroyae


13-14 cm.


  • Grey plumage, crown sometimes blackish
  • Brownish-black wings and tail, wing-coverts dotted white, tail tips spotted white
  • Posterior underparts faintly to obviously barred, crissum feathers tipped white


  • Dark rufous crown
  • White-spotted dark grey ear-coverts
  • Dark olive-brown upperparts and wings
  • Blackish-brown tail, outer rectrices tipped white
  • Olive-brown underparts, tinged clay colour
  • Pale buff throat and centre of belly

Juveniles resemble females, but with buff wing-covert spots and tail tips.


Lower slopes of the Andes of extreme southeast Peru and northwest Bolivia.
A restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.


Moist montanes and adjacent second growth. Usually in dense thickets with bamboo.
Occurs from 600 to 1700 m.



Not well known. Feeds mainly on insects.
Forages singly or in pairs at 1.5 to 3 m above the ground, rarely higher up, usually in very dense vine tangles and large-leaved bushes. Rarely joins mixed-species flocks.


No information.


Presumably a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2003. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334504

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