Myrmeciza atrothorax Boddaert, 1783. OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Alapi de Buffon; German: Pechbrust-Ameisenvogel; Spanish: Hormiguero de Garganta Negra.
5.5 in (14 cm), with a black iris and moderately long tail. DISTRIBUTION
Amazonian region of northern South America, including southern Venezuela, Guyana, southeastern Colombia, northeastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, and widely in Amazonian Brazil.
Below 1,600 ft (500 m) in dense undergrowth vegetation of the borders of humid tropical forest, secondary forest, and savanna woodland, usually in the vicinity of wet areas.
Nonmigratory pairs defend a breeding territory. May forage in larger groups. Song of males is a rapid, high-pitched series of notes.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Glean insects and other arthropods from foliage in dense vegetation close to the ground.
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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