French: Grallaire écaillée German: Kehlband-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí cholino
Subspecies and Distribution
G. g. ochraceiventris
Nelson, 1898 – S Mexico from Jalisco E to W Hidalgo and from S Guerrero to S Oaxaca.
G. g. binfordi
Dickerman, 1990 – SC Mexico (México, Distrito Federal, Morelos).
G. g. guatimalensis
Lafresnaye, 1842 – E & S Mexico (from NW Veracruz and N Oaxaca) SE to N Nicaragua.
G. g. princeps
P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1869 – Costa Rica S to W Panama (Veraguas).
G. g. chocoensis
Chapman, 1917 – E Panama (E Darién) and NW Colombia (Chocó).
G. g. carmelitae
Todd, 1915 – N Colombia in Santa Marta Mts, and Sierra de Perijá S to N Boyacá.
G. g. regulus
P. L. Sclater, 1860 – from N & SW Colombia (in N, on W slope of E Andes in S Cesar) and W Venezuela (both Andean slopes from Táchira to SE Lara) S to C Peru (Ucayali, in W, S to Cajamarca), including adjacent E lowlands to extreme E Ecuador.
G. g. aripoensis
Hellmayr & Seilern, 1912 – Trinidad.
G. g. roraimae
C. Chubb, 1921 – tepuis of S Venezuela, adjacent N Brazil and CW Guyana (Mt Roraima)#R; perhaps this form in NE Venezuela (Margarita I, Cerro Negro).
G. g. sororia
Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1901 – S Peru (from Cuzco) SE to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
16–18 cm; one male 94·6 g (guatimalensis), one female 95 g (chocoensis), male 69·5–86 g, one female 79·8 g (regulus/sororia),... read more
Song of regulus 2·5–3·6 seconds long, at intervals of 15–30... read more
Floor and lower storey of humid and wet foothill and montane forest, especially in ravines and... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds primarily on a variety of arthropods; a dragonfly (Odonata), a nematode (Nematoidea), medium-sized beetles and a millipede (Diplopoda... read more
Egg-laying in Mexico in May, Jun (Oaxaca) and Aug (Chiapas); eggs and nestlings in Sept in Guatemala; five nests with eggs in Jun in El... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon and somewhat local; in some areas (e.g. SW Ecuador) widespread and fairly common in disturbed and strongly fragmented habitat.... read more
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