French: Myrmidon à flancs blancs German: Weißflanken-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito flanquialbo
Guiana = French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. albigula
Lawrence, 1865 – Caribbean slope from SE Honduras S to Colombia (except Santa Marta Mts), and Pacific slope from C Panama (Panamá Province, Darién) S to Ecuador (Manabí, NW Azuay).
M. a. melaena
(P. L. Sclater, 1857) – Santa Marta Mts and Colombia E of Andes, W Venezuela (Andean slopes E to Mérida and Barinas, NW Bolívar, W Amazonas), NW Brazil (upper R Negro S to N bank of R Amazon), E Ecuador and NE Peru (Amazonas, San Martín, Loreto).
M. a. axillaris
(Vieillot, 1817) – E Venezuela (Apure, Monagas, Delta Amacuro, and S of R Orinoco E of R Caura), Trinidad, the Guianas, E Amazonian Brazil (from both banks of lower R Negro E to Amapá and, S of R Amazon, E of R Madeira to Maranhão and S to Tocantins and Mato Grosso) and NE Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz).
M. a. heterozyga
J. T. Zimmer, 1932 – EC Peru (Ucayali S to Madre de Dios) and SW Amazonian Brazil (W of R Madeira).
M. a. fresnayana
(d’Orbigny, 1835) – extreme SE Peru (N Puno) and NW & C Bolivia (W of R Mamoré, and along base of Andes E to W Santa Cruz).
9–10 cm; 5–9·5 g (nominate), 7·9–8·1 g (race albigula), 6·8–10·6 g (race melaena). Male nominate... read more
Loudsong of nominate race, heterozyga and fresnayana a rapid uncountable series... read more
Understorey and midstorey of evergreen forest (terra firme, transitional, and v... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mostly on insects and spiders. Stomach contents of specimens included following: from Surinam, spiders, dipterans (Tipulidae),... read more
Season Mar–Jul in Costa Rica, Mar–Aug in Panama, Jul–Dec and Feb–Mar in French Guiana (probably similar in Suriname... read more
Presumed resident throughout range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout its large range. Regions in which it occurs contain numerous protected areas, as well as vast... read more
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