|Spot-backed Antshrike Hypoedaleus
Brazilian name: chocão-carijó
While the Spot-backed Antshrike is
relatively common at some sites, they are usually up in the
canopy and therefore quite difficult to see.
The male is black above with bold white spots and white bands on its black tail. Its underparts are white with black spots turning to buff and ochraceous on its flanks and undertail coverts. The female, seen here in photo 2, is similar but is entirely tinged ochraceous below while the spots above have a buff tinge.
Many authorities split the species into two
races, H. g. guttatus from the southern part of the
range seen here in photos 1 to 3 and H. g. leucogaster
from Espírito Santo northwards seen here in photo
|However, HBW says that there is a gradual or clinal change as one moves north and east in Brazil towards birds that are paler below such as the male seen in photo 4 taken at Camacã in Bahia compared to photo 1 taken at Ubatuba and photo 3 taken at Parque do Zizo. HBW classifies the species as monotypic.|
|There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto and access to additional information via Avibase.|
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