Short-tailed antthrush

Short-tailed antthrush
Chamaeza campanisona

Photo by Paulo Fenalti (Flickr)

Common name:
short-tailed antthrush (en); tovaca-campainha (pt); tétéma flambé (fr); tovacá colicorto (es); streifenbrust-ameisendrossel (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Formicariidae

This species is found in two disjunct areas, one from central and northern Venezuela and along the eastern slopes of the Andes down to Bolivia, and another in south-eastern and southern Brazil, Paraguay and marginally into northern Argentina.

These birds are 20 cm long and weigh about 70 g.

The short-tailed antthrush is mostly found in tropical rainforests, especially in mountainous areas, but also in some dry tropical forests. They are present at altitudes of 50-1.800 m.

They hunt insects and other invertebrates on the ground, occasionally also following army ant swarms to hunt the invertebrates flushed by the ants.

Short-tailed antthrushes nest in a deep tree cavity, lined with green leaves, up to 2 m above the ground. The female lays 3 white eggs and there is no information regarding the length of the incubation period. The chicks fledge 16-19 days after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a very large breeding range and is described as fairly common. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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