Streak-headed Antbird (Drymophila striaticeps)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Thamnophilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Alto Nieva, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Alto Nieva, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Manu Road, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Mistrato, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~15 cm (5.5 in). The Streak-headed Antbird has a heavily streaked black and white head, mantle, and breast. The wing coverts are black with two white wing bars. Most of the belly and rump are rufous.  The female is similar but the streaking is finer and has buffy instead of white. Both sexes have a heavily graduated tail with feathers tipped with large dots. It forages in the understory at stands of Chusquea bamboo. It is similar to the Peruvian Warbling-Antbird but is distinguished by heavy black and white streaking and a long tail. The very similar and closely related Striated Antbird ranges at lower elevations and has different vocalizations.

Status: The Streak-headed Antbird is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1600-2500 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Hormiguero de Cabeza Rayada.

Sub-species: Streak-headed Antbird (Drymophila striaticeps occidentalis), Domaniewski and Sztolcman 1922.
(Drymophila striaticeps peruviana), Domaniewski and Sztolcman, 1922.
(Drymophila striaticeps boliviana), Carriker, 1935.

Meaning of Name: Drymophila: Gr. Drumos= wood, copse and philos= lover. striaticeps: L. stria, striatus= striated, to striate and caput, capitis= head.

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Distribution Mapsreak-headed antbird