French: Alapi à tête noire German: Schwarzscheitel-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero cabecinegro
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Cayenne, French Guiana.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. r. jensoni
Capparella et al., 1997 – NE Peru (Quebrada Orán, in Loreto).
P. r. minor
Pelzeln, 1868 – E Colombia (Guainía S to Caquetá), SW Venezuela (SW Amazonas) and NW Amazonian Brazil (upper drainage and S bank of middle R Negro, S to N bank of R Içá).
P. r. rufifrons
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – E & S Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and NE Amazonian Brazil (NE Roraima, and R Trombetas E to Amapá).
P. r. subcristata
Hellmayr, 1908 – lower R Negro E to R Trombetas, in N Brazil.
13–15·5 cm; 21–32 g. Male nominate race is dark grey, crown, short crest and throat black, wings and tail blackish-grey, wing-coverts tipped white;... read more
Loudsong a short, countable series (e.g. 8 notes, 2·3 seconds) of strident downslurred... read more
Understorey of lowland and foothill evergreen forest and adjacent tall second-growth woodland,... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on variety of insects and other arthropods; occasionally small reptiles flushed by army ants; also occasionally fruit. Recorded prey... read more
Aug–Mar in French Guiana; in Brazil, nest found in Jun in Pará (nominate), and season Oct–Aug in Amazonas (... read more
None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally uncommon to fairly common throughout most of range. Substantial populations of race minor likely to be present in Jaú... read more
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