|Giant Antshrike Batara
Brazilian name: matracão
| São Paulo, Brazil
The Giant Antshrike is found in two disjunct areas: the south-east of Brazil with adjacent Argentina; and the area where Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina meet.
|In south-east Brazil it is found in Atlantic Rain Forest and is associated with stands of bamboo as can be seen in photo 7. In the Andes it occupies evergreen forest up to 2600m while in adjacent lowlands it is found in dense thickets in Chaco woodland.
It feeds on insects, slugs and small vertebrates. They forage in dense vegetation moving in short flights or hops using their strong-looking legs. (see 4th photo)
|It is spectacularly large with a heavy, very hooked bill and a long tail. The male, seen here in photos 5, 6 and 7 has a black crown and is black with narrow white bands on the upperparts and pale grey below. The female, shown in photos 1 to 4, has a mainly chestnut crown with black tips. Upperparts have broad black bands on ochraceous-buff and underparts are dull buff.|
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is a page with excellent photos on Wikiaves.|