Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-faced Antbird (Myrmelastes rufifacies)


Taxonomy

French: Alapi à face rousse German: Grauwangen-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero del Tapajós
Taxonomy:

Schistocichla leucostigma rufifacies

Hellmayr

, 1929,

Apaçy, Rio Tapajós, Brazil

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See M. schistaceus. Until recently considered conspecific with M. leucostigma (see below). Differs from latter in its much slower-starting, accelerating song, with generally fewer total notes (3); female with rusty vs grey crown and head sides (3); male paler in colour (1); from M. brunneiceps in its lower-pitched (2) and initially much slower (3) loudsong; and in its greyish vs all-brown crown in female (2); and from M. humaythae in its much higher (3), slower (3), accelerating and descending vs more even loudsong; male with grey vs olive-brown crown (2); female with face and supercilium rusty vs brown (at least 1); legs of both sexes pinker and paler#R (1). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Brazil E of R Madeira, E to Pará (W of R Tocantins) and S to N Rondônia and extreme N Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm; 21–26 g. A typical member of the M. leucostigma species complex; most similar to neighbouring M. humaythae, but male has crown grey, underparts... read more

Voice

Loudsong is most similar to that of allopatric M. saturatus (which see); differs from that... read more

Habitat

Like other members of the M. leucostigma complex, inhabits understorey and floor of humid... read more

Food and feeding

Few data have been published. Feeds on variety of insects, also arachnids; recorded prey in Brazil (Pará) include pseudoscorpions (... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon throughout most of its range. Considered endemic to Brazil, but unconfirmed records of “Spot-winged Antbirds” from Noel... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Rufous-faced Antbird (Myrmelastes rufifacies). 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/1343605 on 13 November 2018).