Tufted Antshrike Mackenziaena severa

Brazilian name:
Borralhara
Male  Tufted Antshrike, Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

The Tufted Antshrike is found in south-east Brazil from southern Bahia to northern Rio Grande do Sul and into bordering Paraguay and Argentina.

It inhabits humid forest and secondary woodland especially where there is bamboo. It is usually in pairs and the male is more often seen than the female particularly in response to play-back.

Male  Tufted Antshrike, Camac√£, Bahia, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image The male is dark grey to black, shows a prominent crest and has a rufous iris. The female is very attractive with a rufous crown and rufous-buff banding.

The generic name comes from Helen Mackenzie McConnell, the wife of the English collector, Frederick McConnell.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 15.

Female  Tufted Antshrike, Camac√£, Bahia, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map on Natureserve and additional information on Avibase.
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