White-masked Antbird (Pithys castaneus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Lorenzo, Loreto

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Rio Morona, Loreto

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Rio Morona, Loreto

Identification & Behavior: ~14 cm (5.5 in). The White-masked Antbird is uniformly chestnut. It has a white mask through the eye bordered by black. It forages in the understory of forest that grows in nutrient-poor soils such as Varillal forest type. It is superficially similar to the closely related White-plumed Antbird but has no plumes, a black head, and a conspicuous white mask.

Status: Endemic. The White-masked Antbird is uncommon and restricted to a small region in western Loreto.

Name in Spanish: Hormiguero de Mascara Blanca.

Sub-species: White-masked Antbird (Pithys castaneus), Berlioz, 1938.

Meaning of Name: Pithys: Gr. Puthios= Pythian, Delphian, an epithet of Apollo. castaneus: Gr. Kastanon= chestnut, castaneus= chestnut-coloured.

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Distribution Mapwhite-masekd antbird