Northern Slaty Antshrike Thamnophilus punctatus
(aka Eastern Slaty-Antshrike, Guianan Slaty-Antshrike)
Female Guianan Slaty-Antshrike, Roraima, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Roraima, Brazil and San Martin, Peru

This species seems to have changed its name and status rather frequently lately but hopefully the recent paper by the Islers, Bret Whitney and Barry Walker in Condor 103: 278-286, 2001, will have settled the name on Northern Slaty Antshrike. This is also used by the HBW and Birdlife International Checklist.

Male Guianan Slaty-Antshrike, Roraima, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image There now seems to be some unanimity about the distribution of this species with the main area being around the Guianan Shield with disjunct populations in Venezuela, Colombia and northern Peru. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
Female Northern Slaty Antshrike, Quebrada Upaquihua, San Martin, Peru, October 2018 - click for larger image The male is gray with a black crown and black wings with bold white spots forming wing-bars and white tips to the tail feathers. The female, shown in photos 1 and 3, is olivaceous-brown with a chestnut crown and similar white markings on the wings and tail as the male.

It is usually found quite low down in forest edges and scrubby woodland. Its tail is usually in perpetual motion either quivering or wagging.

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