Gray antbird

Cercomacra cinerascens

TAXONOMY

Cercomacra cinerascens P.L. Sclater, 1857. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Grisin ardoisé; German: Aschkopf- Ameisenfänger; Spanish: Hormiguerito Gris.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

DISTRIBUTION

Northern South America, including southern Venezuela, Guyana, eastern 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 tropical forest and mature secondary forest, particularly in terra-firme (or non-flooded) forest.

BEHAVIOR

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.

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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