|Black-chinned Antbird (Hypocnemoides melanopogon)|
The Black-chinned Antbird is to be found in the northern part of the Amazon Basin, mainly north of the River Amazon and is a geographic replacement for the Band-tailed Antbird Hypocnemoides maculicauda found in the southern Amazon Basin.
|It is always near water and usually hops on logs or low shrubs as in these photos, rarely on the ground unlike the similar Silvered Antbird (Sclateria naevia).
It has a pale bluish iris, two to three white wing-bars and narrow white tips to its tail. Although sometimes difficult to see properly, the male has a black throat patch while the female has a grey scaly throat.
|There are two or three sub-species with some authorities including H. m. occidentalis with the nominate. All three are represented here with the nominate taken at the Anavilhanas in the first photo; the very similar H. m. occidentalis in the next 3 photos taken at São Gabriel da Cachoeira; while the 5th photo, taken south of the Amazon at Borba, shows the smaller H. m. minor.|
|There are illustrations in Hilty & Brown, Plate 28; and Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 62.|