Thrushlike antpitta

Myrmothera campanisona

TAXONOMY

Myrmothera campanisonam Hermann, 1783. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Grallaire grand-beffroi; German: Fleckenbrust-Ameisenjäger; Spanish: Chululú Campanero.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

ó in (15 cm), with a black iris, stout bill, and very short tail. DISTRIBUTION

Amazonian region of northern South America, including southern Venezuela, Guyana, eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, northwestern Bolivia, and widely in Amazonian Brazil.

HABITAT

Below 3,950 ft (1,200 m) in humid tropical forest, especially where there is dense undergrowth.

BEHAVIOR

Nonmigratory pairs defend a breeding territory. Song of males is a series of 5-6 whistled notes.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Forage for insects and other arthropods on or very close to the ground.

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 relatively abundant. SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

No direct significance, except for the indirect economic benefits of bird-watching and ecotourism. ♦

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