Black-hooded Antshrikes

The Black-hooded Antshrikes (Thamnophilus bridgesi) – also known as Bridges’s Antshrikes – occur naturally in the Central American countries of Costa Rica and Panama.

Black-hooded Antshrike

Distribution / Range

The Black-hooeded Antshrikes occur naturally along the Pacific slope in Costa Rica (except extreme northwest) and adjacent western Panama (Chiriquí, southern Veraguas and Los Santos).

These birds are reasonably common in Costa Rica, but have apparently disappeared from many areas of Panama as a result of deforestation.

They inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland and mangrove forests, as well as heavily degraded former forest. They typically prefer vine tangles and other dense vegetation close to gaps and edges.


Female Black-hooded Antshrike


Males have a mostly deep black plumage, turning paler over the abdomen. They have three rows of white spots on the wings.

Females are mostly brown, except for the contrasting black tail, white wing-spots and a narrowly white-streaked head and underparts.

Diet / Feeding

They mostly feed on insects, including ants. They feed alone or in pairs, typically close to the ground. In areas with ample food supplies, they regularly join mixed-species feeding flocks.

Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ???? … Czech: Mravencík Bridgesuv, mraven?ík kostarický … Danish: Perlevinget Myretornskade … Dutch: Zwartkapmierklauwier, Zwartkap-mierklauwier … Finnish: Huppupuumuura … French: Batara capucin, Thamnophile à capuchon noir … German: Kapuzenameisenwürger, Kapuzenwollrücken, Kapuzen-Wollrücken … Italian: Averla formichiera di Bridges, Averla formichiera monaca, Choca del Bridges … Japanese: shiroboshikuroarimozu … Norwegian: Kullmaurvarsler … Polish: chronka zalobna, chronka ?a?obna … Russian: ?????????? ????????????? ???????????? … Slovak: batara kapucnová , batara kapuc?ová, Mrav?iarik Bridgesov … Spanish: Batará negruzco, Choca de Capucha Negra … Swedish: Pärlvingad myrtörnskata

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