Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus) - HBW 8, p. 546

French: Batara de Lafresnaye German: Streifenameisenwürger Spanish: Batará Crestibarrado

Taxonomy: Thamnophilus multistriatus Lafresnaye, 1844, Bogotá, Colombia.
Belongs to the “T. doliatus group”, which also includes T. zarumae, T. tenuepunctatus, T. palliatus, T. torquatus and T. ruficapillus. Morphological characteristics distinguishing races appear to be clinal (with possible exception of selvae); likelihood that geographical ranges of most are disjunct, however, suggests need for careful study of differences among them. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • brachyurus Todd, 1927 - W Colombia in W Andes (except at R San Juan headwaters) and W slope of C range, in W & C Antioquia, Quindio, Valle and W Cauca.
  • selvae Meyer de Schauensee, 1950 - W slope of W Andes at headwaters of R San Juan (in Riseralda and Caldas).
  • multistriatus Lafresnaye, 1844 - E slope of C Andes and W slope of E & S ranges, in Santander, E Antioquia, E Caldas, W Cundinamarca, E Tolima, Huila and E Nariño.
  • oecotonophilus Borrero & Hernández, 1958 - extreme W Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá) and NC Colombia (W slope of E Andes in Norte de Santander and Boyacá).