French: Myrmidon ardoisé German: Hochland-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito pizarroso
Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica
Subspecies and Distribution
M. s. schisticolor
(Lawrence, 1865) – extreme SE Mexico (Chiapas) S on lower mountain slopes (Caribbean slope N of Nicaragua, mostly Pacific slope in Panama) to Colombia (W & WC Andes) and Ecuador (Pacific slope).
M. s. sanctaemartae
J. A. Allen, 1900 – NE Colombia (Santa Marta Mts and Sierra de Perijá) and N Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá, Andes and Coastal Range E to Sucre).
M. s. interior
(Chapman, 1914) – Andes in Colombia (W slope of C range, E range) and on E slope S to Peru (S to Puno).
9–10 cm; 8·5–10 g. Male nominate race is dark grey, wings darker, throat and upper breast black; concealed white interscapular patch; wing-coverts and crissum... read more
Loudsong consists of upslurred whistle sounding like “wheet”, repeated singly at... read more
Understorey of montane and foothill evergreen forest and adjacent second-growth woodland, mostly at... read more
Food and feeding
Little published. Feeds on various insects and spiders; stomach contents of single Panama specimen included homopterans (Fulgoridae) and... read more
Mar–Jul in Costa Rica; adults feeding begging juveniles in Jan–Feb in Venezuela. Nest a deep cup of black fungal rhizomorphs,... read more
None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common over most of its rather large range. A number of protected areas exist within regions inhabited by this species, e.g.:... read more
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