Female Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus), Botanical Gardens, Georgetown, Guyana (Photo by Kester Clarke www.kesterclarke.net)

The Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus)is found in Mexico, through Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, and a large part of South America east of the Andes as far south as northern Argentina, Bolivia  and Paraguay.

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 Barred Antshrike 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.

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