Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Northern Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis stictoptera)


Taxonomy

French: Palicour du Nicaragua German: Flügelbinden-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero alifranjeado norteño
Taxonomy:

Rhopoterpe stictoptera

Salvin

, 1893,

Santo Domingo, Nicaragua

.

Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. torquata, although long suspected to be specifically distinct#R#R; differs in its darker overall coloration, affecting all colours (notably deeper rufous, more chestnut on throat, breast and vent, richer buff wing markings, darker brown crown, darker grey belly) (2); reduced or absent white-scaled pattern on neck sides and mid-breast, with undersides plainer (2); less extensive black (male) and rufous (female) on throat and breast (1); pale margins of wing markings broader, more emphatic, making wingband much more obvious (ns[1]); marginally longer bill (effect size 1, score 1); shorter tail (effect size −1.84, score 1); minor differences in song, with highest number of notes (1) and highest frequency (1)#R. Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Locally in SE Honduras#R, NE & SE Nicaragua#R#R, E Panama (E from Canal region) and extreme NW Colombia (Chocó, Córdoba, S Bolívar, W Boyacá).

Descriptive notes

14–15·5 cm; 41–49·6 g. Adult male has chocolate-brown crown and hindneck narrowly marked with rufous shaft-streaks, mantle, scapulars and rump greyish brown, fringed... read more

Voice

Loudsong (e.g. 21 notes, 5·7 seconds) notes upslurred, pace faster and accelerates; differs in only... read more

Habitat

Floor of lowland and foothill humid evergreen forest, locally to 1200 m in Nicaragua, and 1300 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects and other arthropods; also on small molluscs (Gastropoda). Recorded prey in Panama include cockroaches (Blattidae),... read more

Breeding

At least Oct in Panama, with birds in breeding condition collected in NW Colombia in Mar–Apr; a nest in Panama was a shallow open cup woven... read more

Movements

None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known; generally considered to be rare to uncommon and patchily distributed (e.g. no definite records from Costa Rica or W... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Northern Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis stictoptera). 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/1343611 on 11 December 2018).