Blackfaced antbird

Myrmoborus myotherinus

TAXONOMY

Myrmoborus myotherinus Spiz, 1825. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Alapi masqué; German: Schuppenflügel- Ameisenschnäpper; Spanish: Hormiguero Ratonero.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

5 in (13 cm), with a bright red iris, and short tail.

DISTRIBUTION

Amazonian region of northern South America, including southern Venezuela, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, and widely in Amazonian Brazil.

HABITAT

Below 2,300 ft (700 m) in the mid- and upper-canopy of humid terra-firme (non-flooded) tropical forest and mature secondary forest.

BEHAVIOR

Nonmigratory pairs defend a breeding territory. Sometimes associated with mixed-species foraging flocks. Song is a loud, fast series of notes.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Glean insects and other arthropods from foliage in dense lower-canopy vegetation.

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 relatively abundant.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

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

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