Plumbeous Antbird (Myrmelastes hyperythra)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Pacaya-Samiria, Loreto

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Madre de Dios, Loreto

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Tambopata, Madre de Dios

Identification & Behavior: ~17.5 cm (6.8 in). The male Plumbeous Antbird is uniformly bluish-gray. The wing coverts are tipped with white dots that form wing bars.  The female has the same upperparts as the male but the underparts are solid rufous. Both sexes have reddish-brown iris and a conspicuous bluish bare skin around the upper half of the eye. It forages in the understory of floodplain or seasonally flooded forests where it favors dense foliage at forest edges. It is similar to the Sooty Antbird but is distinguished by a bluish-gray plumage and by having wing bars on the male and a bicolored plumage on the female.

Status: The Plumbeous Antbird is fairly common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 800 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Hormiguero Plomizo.

Sub-species: Plumbeous Antbird (Myrmelastes hyperythra), (P. L. Sclater), 1855.

Meaning of Name: Myrmelastes: Gr. murmēx, murmēkos= ant; lastēs= robber. hyperythra: Gr. Hupo= beneath and eruthros= red.

Formerly known as Myrmeciza hyperythra (2018).

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Distribution Mapplumbeous antbird