Black-faced Antbird (Myrmoborus myotherinus)

Brazilian name: formigueiro-de-cara-preta

Male Black-faced Antbird, Carajás, Brazil, January 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

The Black-faced Antbird is found in the Amazon Basin except to the north and east of the rio Negro and rio Amazon. It prefers more mature forest than the White-browed Antbird (Myrmoborus leucophrys) where it forages on or near the ground in pairs or small family groups.

The male is bluish-grey above with the side of the head and throat black. This is bordered by a narrow greyish white forehead and supercilium which extends round to the underparts. These can be a much darker grey than that shown here in birds from the western part of the Amazon Basin. The wing coverts are black with white edging which shows as 3 white wing-bars and compares with the unpatterned wings of the White-browed Antbird M. leucophrys. The iris is red.

Male Black-faced Antbird, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image The female is brown above with a black mask, white throat and buff underparts. The forehead, supercilium and wingbars are buff coloured.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 22; Hilty & Brown, Plate 32 and Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 62.

Male Black-faced Antbird, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image Recordings are to be found at xeno-canto.
Male Black-faced Antbird, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Male Black-faced Antbird, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
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