French: Grisin à ventre noir German: Dunkelrücken-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguerito ventrinegro
Goiás city, Goiás, Brazil.
Forms a clade with F. serrana. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
F. m. bahiae
Hellmayr, 1909 – NE Brazil (extreme E Maranhão E to Rio Grande do Norte, S to N Bahia and W Pernambuco).
F. m. melanogaster
Pelzeln, 1868 – C Brazil (S Mato Grosso E to S Bahia, S to W Mato Grosso do Sul, W São Paulo and N Minas Gerais), SE Bolivia (Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, Tarija) and extreme N Paraguay (Alto Paraguay).
12–13 cm. Male nominate race has broad white supercilium, dark greyish-brown crown and upperparts, crown feathers with blackish centres, outer scapulars edged white,... read more
Loudsong a monotonous series resembling that of F. grisea, but pace very slow (e.g. 14... read more
Understorey and mid-storey of tropical deciduous forest (including mata-de-cipó vine... read more
Food and feeding
Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, including orthopterans and lepidopteran larvae, and spiders. Closely associated partners,... read more
In Brazil, nest with young in Pernambuco and another in earliest stages of construction in Bahia (both previously unpublished), both in Jan... read more
None recorded; presumed resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of its range. Reliance on deciduous forest and caatinga makes it more sensitive to disturbance than are some... read more
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