Family Gnatcatchers (Polioptilidae)

Near Threatened

Creamy-bellied Gnatcatcher (Polioptila lactea)


Taxonomy

French: Gobemoucheron lacté German: Rahmbauch-Mückenfänger Spanish: Perlita blanca
Taxonomy:

Polioptila lactea

Sharpe

, 1885,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In past, occasionally thought to be conspecific with P. plumbea. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Brazil (S Mato Grosso do Sul E to Rio de Janeiro, and S to NW Rio Grande do Sul and W & NW Santa Catarina), SE Paraguay (E Alto Paraná) and NE Argentina (Misiones, N Corrientes).

Descriptive notes

10–12 cm; 7 g. Male has glossy bluish-black cap, white lores extending to a thin supercilium, distinct pale eyering; upperparts dark slaty blue, rump feathers tipped... read more

Voice

Song is a simple, rather fast repetition of c. 6–8 high (4–6 kHz), thin notes, each... read more

Habitat

Canopy of open humid forest and woodland, bushes at forest edge, mixed temperate rainforest and... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Probably feeds on small insects, and spiders. Gleans and hover-gleans from terminal twigs or foliage; behaviour similar to... read more

Breeding

Poorly known. Only one nest described, in mid-Aug in Brazil; male with enlarged testes in late Sept. Nest built by both sexes, requiring 6... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Rare except at SW limits of range. Rare in Iguazú National Park, in Argentina. Formerly more widespread... read more

Recommended citation

Atwood, J. & Lerman, S. (2019). Creamy-bellied Gnatcatcher (Polioptila lactea). 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/58987 on 16 February 2019).