Thursday, 26 February 2015

Dusky-tailed antbird

Drymophila malura

Photo by Dario Sanches (Wikipedia)

Common name:

dusky-tailed antbird (en); choquinha-carijó (pt); grisin malure (fr); tiluchí estriado oriental (es); olivrücken-ameisenfänger (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Thamnophilidae

This species is found in south-eastern Brazil, from Minas Gerais south to northern Rio Grande do Sul, and into eastern Paraguay and extreme north-eastern Argentina.

These birds are 13,5-14,5 cm long and weigh 11-13 g.

The dusky-tailed antbird is found on the understorey of moist tropical forests, mainly in lowland areas, but also in mountainous areas up to an altitude of 1.900 m.

They feed on insects and possibly also spiders.

There is no available information regarding the reproduction of this species.

IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is described as fairly common but patchily distributed. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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