Humaita Antbird (Myrmelastes humaythae)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Thamnophilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonas, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonas, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female & Male | Loc. Amazonas, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~15 cm (6 in). The male Humaita Antbird is gray. The wing coverts are tipped with small white dots that form wing bars.  The tail is blackish without markings. The female has brown upperparts with the wing covers tipped with rufous spots forming wing bars. The head is gray-brown. The underparts are rufous brown.  Both sexes have gray iris and pale tarsi. It forages in interior forest wetlands, along streams, and dump stands of Heliconia sp in Terra Firme forest. It is very similar to the Brownish-headed Antbird and the Spot-winged Antbird. Apart from differences in iris and tarsi color, the voice is the most reliable way to tell these species apart.

Status: The Humaita Antbird is uncommon in southeastern Peru. It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Hormiguero de Humaita.

Sub-species: Humaita Antbird (Myrmelastes humaythae), (Hellmayr), 1907.

Meaning of Name: Myrmelastes: Gr. murmēx, murmēkos= ant; lastēs= robber. humaythae: In reference to a locality, Humaytha (= Humaita), Rio Madeira, Brazil.

Formerly known as Schistocichla humaythae (2018).

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Distribution Maphumaita antbird