French: Habia à gorge rouge German: Rotkehlkardinal Spanish: Habia gorjirroja
Subspecies and Distribution
H. f. salvini
(Berlepsch, 1883) – Salvin's Ant-tanager – E & SE Mexico (from San Luis Potosí and S Tamaulipas) S to Guatemala (except N), Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
H. f. insularis
(Salvin, 1888) – SE Mexico (N & E Yucatán Peninsula) and N Guatemala.
H. f. discolor
(Ridgway, 1901) – Nicaragua.
H. f. fuscicauda
(Cabanis, 1861) – Red-throated Ant-tanager – extreme S Nicaragua, and both slopes of Costa Rica S to W Panama.
H. f. willisi
Parkes, 1969 – C Panama from NE Coclé and Colón E to San Blas (mainly on Caribbean slope).
H. f. erythrolaema
(P. L. Sclater, 1862) – Caribbean coast of Colombia (N Atlántico, N Bolívar and Córdoba).
18–20 cm; 29–46·5 g. Dark ant-tanager with strong bill. Male nominate race has head dull dark red, with usually concealed scarlet crown patch and dusky... read more
Often quite vocal. Song, mainly at dawn during breeding season, a rich mellow series of whistles, e... read more
Found in older second growth and forest borders or shrubby areas near forest. Especially fond of... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, including ants (Formicidae), caterpillars (including some up to three times length of bird’s bill), and long-horned... read more
Season at least Apr–Jun in Costa Rica. Apparently a co-operative breeder at times. Males predominantly sing during the breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, and locally fairly common. Occurs in various protected areas, including Tikal National Park (Guatemala), Indio-Maía Biological Reserve (... read more
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