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Barred Antshrike

Barred Antshrike
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-21 6:31
Viewed: 1929
Points: 18
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The Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus) is a passerine bird in the antbird family. It is found in the Neotropics from Tamaulipas, Mexico, through Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, and a large part of South Americaeast of the Andes as far south as northern Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. There is one accepted record from southern Texas. It is found in a wide range of wooded habitats (even gardens and parks) in both humid and arid regions. Throughout a large part of its range, it is among the most common antbirds.

The Barred Antshrike is typically 16.5 cm long, and weighs 25 g. This species exhibits marked sexual dimorphism. The male is barred all over with black and white, and has a white-based black crest that is raised in display. The female is rufous above with a chestnut crest. The sides of her head and neck are streaked with black, and the underparts are rich buff. In both sexes, the legs are grey, the bill is black and the iris is pale yellow.
The subspecies vary primarily in the overall darkness and the amount of barring and hue of the underparts. For example, in the Tobagonian race T. d. tobagensis, males are whiter below, and females darker, than in the nominate subspecies. The most distinctive subspecies is T. d. capistratus of the Caatinga in north-eastern Brazil, where males have uniform black crown (no white barring to the base) and females have streaked throat and faintly barred belly. It is also the only subspecies where the iris is deep maroon-red. It has recently been suggested that it should be considered a separate species, the Caatinga Barred Antshrike.

It is typically found as territorial pairs. The female lays two purple-marked creamy white eggs in a deep cup nest in a shrub, which are incubated by both sexes for 14 days to hatching. The chicks fledge in another 1213 days.
The Barred Antshrike is an insectivore which feeds on ants and other arthropods at or near the ground; it sometimes follows columns of army ants, and will take small lizards and berries. It is a skulking species, which may be located by its chuckling hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu song, often performed as a duet by a pair of birds, or a growled graaaaa.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Thanks for showing us this bird. Yes it is new for me. You have captured it nicely.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-09-21 8:03]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful bird picture. Excellent subject and composition. All is perfect: DOF, sharpness of the bird and twig, impressive nice BG. Nice pleasant colours too.Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-09-21 8:47]

Hi Peter,a great surprise in the gallery with this new entry! Magnificent specie from Brazil,taken in a great way despite the distance,impressive sharpness in the best exposure,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter
wat een mooie vogel is dit ,de veren tekening is prachtig
mooie plek om hem te nemen
je ziet hem goed zo
bedankt gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-21 18:52]

Hello Peter,
My what a beautifully marked bird you have presented to us. I love it's grizzled like markings and super sharp focus. Wonderful eye contact and perfectly exposed. A new bird for me and what an attractive one at that. Well done!!

Hello Peter
superb phot of a beautiful bird, i like the differnet nuances of grey from his plumage and also the feathers on his head
wonderful details, POV and clear BG
Have a good night

Hello Peter,

Congratulation for your new species here in TN.
I haven't seen this bird before. Well captured and nice details and color. Well managed shadow area too. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2015-09-24 14:42]

Hallo Peter.
Very beautiful bird.
Colors,sharpness,light and bg. are superb.
Thanks for sharing.
With best wishes,Mishe.

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