Myrmoborus myotherinus Spiz, 1825. OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Alapi masqué; German: Schuppenflügel- Ameisenschnäpper; Spanish: Hormiguero Ratonero.
5 in (13 cm), with a bright red iris, and short tail.
Amazonian region of northern South America, including southern Venezuela, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, and widely in Amazonian Brazil.
Below 2,300 ft (700 m) in the mid- and upper-canopy of humid terra-firme (non-flooded) tropical forest and mature secondary forest.
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.
Monogamous pairs bond for life, typically lay two eggs, and share incubation and care of nestlings and fledglings.
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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