Cocha Antshrike Thamnophilus praecox
Cocha Antshrike, Sani Lodge, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image Sani Lodge, Ecuador
November 2019

The Cocha Antshrike is restricted to a small area in north-east Ecuador along the rio Napo although it has recently been found nearby across the border with Colombia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in várzea (seasonally flooded) forest principally along blackwater streams. Because of its restricted distribution it is classified as Near Threatened.

The male is entirely deep black while the female has a black head, throat and chest but is otherwise a bright cinnamon-rufous.

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