The Antbirds are one of my favourite bird families. They are often challenging to see, let alone photograph! I took these photos of both male and female Black-hooded Antshrikes (Thamnophilus bridgesi) on the Pacific slope of Costa Rica. This species is endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama. Seeing both male and female together helps to confirm the identity of this species-as you can see the female is very pretty, whereas the male is mostly black. Both, however, do have a series of white spots on their ‘shoulders’ which clinch the identification.