New species in my garden

Birds for Beer

After a too lengthy absence from Turrialba I returned this week to note two species that I have previously not found here. Actually it’s no great shock since neither species is rare, but the first, early in the morning, was a Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus), a species that is not often found at these elevations.

Male Barred Antshrike with crest lowered; photo courtesy of John Beer

All 22 species of antbird found in Costa Rica tend to hide out in thick undergrowth. The Barred Antshrike is perhaps the easiest antbird for a visiting birder to find and identify. The male can be confused only with the male Fasciated Antshrike (Cymbilaimus lineatus), a slightly larger and less common species that is restricted to the Caribbean slope. The female Barred Antshrike, shown here below, looks very different in its cinnamon plumage, and if you see the head clearly…

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