Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Thamnophilidae (Antbirds)  
Genus: Percnostola (5 species, 7 worldwide)


Sooty Antbird
Sooty Antbird (Percnostola fortis fortis) Male
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Sooty Antbird
Sooty Antbird (Percnostola fortis fortis) Female
 
   
Photograph by Dusti Becker (Life Net Nature)   © All Rights Reserved.


Blue-lored Antbird
Blue-lored Antbird (Percnostola immaculata) Male
Laguna Tabacal, Cundinamarca, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Blue-lored Antbird
Blue-lored Antbird (Percnostola immaculata concepcion) Female
Aralcal, San Peregrino, Caldas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Juan Antonio Ocampo Wilches   © All Rights Reserved.

Spottily distributed in the Andes. Closely related to [Zeledon's Antbird] which is found on the Pacific slope. The biggest visual difference is the shade of brown of the females. Only one of several of the vocalizations is different. Once called the Immaculate Antbird.

White-shouldered Antbird
White-shouldered Antbird (Percnostola melanoceps) Male
Puerto NariƱo, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

White-shouldered Antbird
White-shouldered Antbird (Percnostola melanoceps) Female
Palmari, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Nicole Desnoyers   © All Rights Reserved.

Male's white shoulder seen during flight. Female is brown with a black hood.

Black-headed Antbird
Black-headed Antbird (Percnostola rufifrons jensoni) Male
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia
  Note wing bars and pale eye.
   
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Black-headed Antbird
Black-headed Antbird (Percnostola rufifrons jensoni) Female
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note pale eye in west part of range, and red eye further east (Guyanas, east Brazil). Female jensoni race greyer and found in NE Peru (HBW) but also recorded in Leticia, Colombia and thus could be in northwest Brazil. Other females uniformly rufous. Follows ant swarms. Red-eyed races are sometimes called Hellmayr's Antbird.

Zeledon's Antbird
Zeledon's Antbird (Percnostola zeledoni) Male
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Los Bancos, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Zeledon's Antbird
Zeledon's Antbird (Percnostola zeledoni zeledoni) Female
National Park Darien, Panama  
   
Photograph by Mdf (Wikipedia)     Copyright and usage info

Closely related to [Blue-lored Antbird] found in the Andes. Once both were called the Immaculate Antbird. Generally a lowland species, but can occur up to 1500m in the western Andes.


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