Cercomacra cinerascens P.L. Sclater, 1857. OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Grisin ardoisé; German: Aschkopf- Ameisenfänger; Spanish: Hormiguerito Gris.
Northern South America, including southern Venezuela, Guyana, eastern 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 tropical forest and mature secondary forest, particularly in terra-firme (or non-flooded) forest.
Nonmigratory pairs defend a breeding territory. Sometimes associated with mixed-species foraging flocks. Song is a rough series of notes, sometimes echoed by the female.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Glean insects and other arthropods from foliage in dense vegetation in mid- and upper-canopy habitats.
Monogamous pairs bond for life, typically lay two eggs, and share incubation and care of nestlings and fledglings.
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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