French: Tétéma à tête noire German: Schwarzkopf-Ameisendrossel Spanish: Formicario cabecinegro
Buena Vista, Costa Rica.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
F. n. nigricapillus
Ridgway, 1893 – Caribbean slope of Costa Rica and both slopes of Panama (E to W San Blas).
F. n. destructus
E. J. O. Hartert, 1898 – Pacific Colombia (C Chocó) to Ecuador (S to E Guayas and NW Azuay).
18 cm; two males 59 g and 68 g, two females 58 g and 61·5 g. Adult has dark dusky brown to blackish crown, black side of head, black throat; back, rump and wings dark... read more
Song 4–5 seconds long, by both sexes throughout year, a trill of c. 10 notes per second at 1... read more
Wet primary forest and adjacent tall second growth, favouring ravines and other places with very... read more
Food and feeding
Food includes a variety of arthropods, i.e. crickets (Gryllidae), cockroaches (Blattodea), earwigs (Dermaptera), woodlice (Isopoda),... read more
Eggs in Apr–May in Costa Rica; 5 birds in breeding condition in Dec–Mar in Colombia (Chocó and Valle); territorial throughout... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Manglares-Churute Ecological Reserve and Río Palenque Science Centre,... read more
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