Figure 1. The photo shows a male Thamnophilus pelzelni. In general, these birds are not shy, and one can quite easily approach them (or they may approach you), sometimes to a distance of 2-3 meters. They normally stay in the shade, though, and rarely sit still for very long; this can be a challenge for the photographer.
The Planalto Slaty-Antshrike is possibly the most common antbird in Mãe-da-lua reserve. While it can be found all over the reserve, is is most abundant in the hills, where the vegetation is older and better preserved.To top of page
Figure 2. Male Thamnophilus pelzelni (?), dorsal view. Based on the color pattern of the plumage, it is hardly possible to tell whether our local Slaty-Antshrikes are T. pelzelni or T. ambiguus.To top of page
Figure 3. Lateral view of female Thamnophilus pelzelni. Note contrast between rufous-brown crown and much darker back.To top of page