French: Batara géant German: Riesenameisenwürger Spanish: Batará gigante
Tamnophilus [sic] cinereus
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Subspecies and Distribution
B. c. excubitor
J. Bond & Meyer de Schauensee, 1940 – E slope of Andes of C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
B. c. argentina
Shipton, 1918 – E slope of Andes of S Bolivia (S Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, Tarija) and NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, N Tucumán), W Paraguay (Boquerón, Presidente Hayes).
B. c. cinerea
(Vieillot, 1819) – SE Brazil (S Espírito Santo and SW São Paulo S to Santa Catarina and C Rio Grande do Sul) and NE Argentina (Misiones).
30–34 cm, 148–155 g (cinerea); 27–28 cm, 100–110 g (argentina). Bill long and heavily hooked, tail very long and broad. Male has... read more
Loudsong a short roll (like a police whistle), followed by loud, strident notes of constant... read more
Understorey and mid-storey of evergreen forest, from lowlands to 2600 m in the Andes. At lower... read more
Food and feeding
Large insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), and other arthropods; also snails and slugs; also small vertebrates, including frogs,... read more
Nests in N Argentina in Oct (Tucuman), Nov (Jujuy) and Dec (Salta), and in Brazil (São Paulo) in Nov. Nest very large, external diameter 18... read more
Presumed resident throughout range; in some regions, possibly some local movement following large... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Seemingly healthy populations in several large parks and reserves in Brazil, among them Itatiaia, Serra dos Órgãos, Aparados da Serra and Iguaçu... read more
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