French: Alapi de Buffon German: Braunscheitel-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero gorjinegro
Other common names:
Spot-breasted Antbird (“stictothorax”)
Cayenne, French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. metae
(Meyer de Schauensee, 1947) – C Colombia (Meta, W Guaviare).
M. a. atrothorax
(Boddaert, 1783) – S Venezuela (S Bolívar, Amazonas), extreme EC Colombia (Guainía, Vaupés), the Guianas and N Amazonian Brazil (both banks of upper and E of lower R Negro, E to Amapá).
M. a. tenebrosa
(J. T. Zimmer, 1932) – N of Amazon in E Ecuador (Napo, Pastaza), NE Peru (Loreto) and N Brazil (W of lower R Negro).
M. a. maynana
(Taczanowski, 1882) – NC Peru S of R Marañón (Loreto W of R Huallaga).
M. a. melanura
(Ménétries, 1835) – S of R Amazon in E Peru (E of R Huallaga), locally in W & C Brazil (upper regions of tributaries of R Amazon and along lower R Tapajós, and E to S Pará and SC Mato Grosso) and N & C Bolivia.
13–14 cm; 14–18 g. Interscapular patch white. Male nominate race has crown and upperparts dark yellowish olive-brown, becoming blackish on rump; wing-coverts... read more
Loudsong a short series (e.g. 9 notes, 1·6 seconds) of downslurred notes at about same pitch... read more
Understorey of evergreen-forest edge (terra firme, transitional, várzea/... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on various insects and spiders, probably also on other arthropods; frog fed to nestling. Recorded prey in Brazil include termites (... read more
Nest found in Apr in French Guiana (details previously unpublished); adult carrying nest material in Jul in S Peru; fledgling seen in Dec... read more
None recorded; presumed resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its extensive range. Numerous formally protected areas exist within regions occupied by this species, and in virtually every... read more
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