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Merulaxis ater

TAXONOMY

Merulaxis ater Lesson end of 1830 or beginning of 1831, Mexico; error, Rio de Janeiro substituted by Hellmayr (1924).

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Mérulaxe noir; German: Bürstentapaculo; Spanish: Galltio Gris.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

7.3 in (18.5 cm); 1.2-1.3 oz (33-37 g). Loral feathers are stiff and elongated. Tail is fairly long, black. Male is uniform dark gray. Female is brown, palest below.

DISTRIBUTION

Southeast Brazil from south Bahía to east Paraná.

HABITAT

Humid forest.

BEHAVIOR

Terrestrial, usually in pairs, occasionally ascending a bush or log to look out.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Walks, hops and runs. Bores head into litter.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Unknown.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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