The Barred Antshrike is a beautiful bird. The male for one part is entirely barred, with white and black lines covering the whole body. The female is not barred, but the brown coloration is pretty in itself, with a tuft that looks the most elegant. I have seen them in Rio Frio and also in El Rodeo, near Ciudad Colón. Their song is also very intriguing, with a series of accelerating, high-pitched chirps that then end abruptly on a harsher note. While they sing, they also incline their bodies up and down, presumably on a display to show ownership of their territory.

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