An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Songbirds - Antbirds    

Hundreds of species of antbirds are found in tropical American forests. Antbirds generally don't eat ants, but instead follow them, especially swarming ants, and pick off fleeing insects. Antbirds range in size from small Antvireos and Antwrens to larger Antbirds and the largest jay-sized Antshrikes.


White-bellied Antbird
White-bellied Antbird (Myrmeciza longipes) Male
Soberania National Park, Panama

Black-crowned Antshrike
Black-crowned Antshrike (Thamnophilus atrinucha) Female
Soberania National Park, Panama

Bar-crested Antshrike
Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus)
Medellin, Colombia
Antshrikes are the largest type of antbird, and some species are found outside of the forest.

Chestnut-backed Antbird
Chestnut-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza exsul) Female
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia

Spotted Antbird
Spotted Antbird (Hylophylax naevioides) Female
Soberania National Park, Panama


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