French: Tétéma du Mexique German: Mexikoameisendrossel Spanish: Formicario mexicano
Other common names:
P. L. Sclater
Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
F. m. moniliger
P. L. Sclater, 1857 – Caribbean slope from S Mexico (S from C Veracruz) E to Guatemala (except Petén).
F. m. pallidus
(Lawrence, 1882) – Yucatán Peninsula (in SE Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo) and N Guatemala (N Petén).
F. m. intermedius
Ridgway, 1908 – E Guatemala (presumed), Belize and NW Honduras.
17 cm; male 56·5–66·9 g, female 59·4–67·8 g. Adult has dusky brown crown; area between eye and upper mandible black, white spot on lores, area below eye and on... read more
Song 2 seconds long, a whistle at 1·7–2·5 kHz followed by pause, then 8–12 similar,... read more
Floor of humid evergreen and semi-deciduous forest and second growth, preferring well-shaded but... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on snails, beetles, lizards, even small snakes. Walks slowly and deliberately over the ground litter, sometimes flicking leaves about... read more
Birds with active gonads in Apr–Jun in S Mexico; song given only during wet season. Sings from ground. Nest a mat of vegetation,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Probably occurs in several protected areas. Tolerates considerable habitat disturbance, and not considered to be at any risk.
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