Blackcapped antwren

Herpsilochmus atricapillus

TAXONOMY

Herpsilochmus atricapillus Pelzeln, 1868. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Bahia antwren, creamy-bellied antwren, pileated antwren; French: Grisin mitré; German: Schwarzkopf-Ameisenfänger; Spanish: Tiluchí de Cabeza Negra.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

East-central South America in Brazil, eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, and northwestern Argentina.

HABITAT

Up to 3,600 ft (1,100 m) in humid tropical forest and woodlands.

BEHAVIOR

Nonmigratory pairs defend a breeding territory. Both sexes sing an accelerating trilled song; males often echoed by females. Tail rapidly vibrates while singing.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Gleans insects and other arthropods from dense foliage throughout the canopy.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Monogamous pairs bond for life, typically lay two eggs, and share incubation and care of nestlings and fledglings.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. Widespread and locally abundant.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

No direct significance, except for the indirect economic benefits of bird-watching and ecotourism. ♦

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