Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Bluish-slate Antshrike (Thamnomanes schistogynus) - HBW 8, p. 575

French: Batara bleu-gris German: Blaugrauer Würgerling Spanish: Batará Azulino

Taxonomy: Thamnomanes caesius schistogynus Hellmayr, 1911, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Relationships to other genera unclear. Species currently placed in genus appear to be related on basis of morphology and behaviour, although their nest architecture is somewhat variable. Forms a superspecies with T. caesius and sometimes considered conspecific. Races probably reflect a cline in darkness of plumage, but further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • intermedius Carriker, 1935 - C Peru S of R Amazon and E of R Huallaga (S to Junín).
  • schistogynus Hellmayr, 1911 - W Brazil S of R Amazon (W of lower R Juruá and S to its middle and upper reaches and to upper R Purus), SE Peru (S from Junín) and NW Bolivia (W Pando, La Paz, Cochabamba).

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