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Male Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus) | by Frank Shufelt
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Male Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus)

March 6, 2018, at El Ensueño, Quindío, Colombia.

This is a male Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus). The female is very different being rufous-chestnut above and striped black and white below.

The Bar-crested Antshrike is found in Colombia and Venezuela in the understory to canopy of deciduous forest and second-growth scrub from 800 to 2,200 meters (2,600 to 7,200 feet) above sea level. This image was taken at an elevation of 1500 meters or 4,900 feet.

Little is known about the diet and feeding habits of this bird. It is assumed to feed mostly on various insects and arthropods as well as some seeds and small fruits.

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Taken on March 6, 2019