Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Black Bushbird (Neoctantes niger)


Taxonomy

French: Batara des fourrés German: Buschameisenwürger Spanish: Batará arbustero
Taxonomy:

Xenops niger

Pelzeln

, 1859,

Marabitanas, Amazonas, Brazil

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

SC & SE Colombia (Putumayo, Vaupés, N Amazonas), E Ecuador, NE & SE Peru (mainly N Amazonas and Loreto, also Ucayali#R, Cuzco, Madre de Dios and Puno#R) and W Amazonian Brazil (extreme NW & SW Amazonas, W Acre; also isolated records E to W Pará).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 29–32 g. Lower mandible upturned; white interscapular patch. Male is entirely black. Female is sooty black, with rufous on breast, side and central... read more

Voice

Loudsong a countable (e.g. rate of 9 notes in 5 seconds) series of short, slightly upslurred... read more

Habitat

Understorey of lowland evergreen forest and adjacent second growth, to 750 m. Occurs in both ... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Assumed to feed on various insects, perhaps also other arthropods. Most witnessed prey captures have involved items too... read more

Breeding

A nest found in Sept 2011 in the buffer zone of Manu National Park, Peru, contained a single egg that was being incubated by the male; nest... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). A low-density species that is not well known; considered rare to locally uncommon throughout its range. Its secretive nature, coupled... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2018). Black Bushbird (Neoctantes niger). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/56690 on 21 November 2018).