|Dot-backed Antbird Hylophylax punctulatus
Brazilian name: guarda-várzea
|Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil
The Dot-backed Antbird is distributed in the Amazon Basin but, as its Brazilian name implies, it is normally found in seasonally flooded forest (várzea) unlike its close relative the Spot-backed Antbird H. naevius which prefers terra firme forest and is more common and widespread.
|It is very similar to the Spot-backed Antbird but key identification features are its two-tone (browny-grey and whitish) as opposed to grey face, its grey rather than pinkish legs, its black rather than brown tail and the smaller spots on the back which extend lower down.
The best identifier is its voice with the Dot-backed saying "Free Beer" compared to the Spot-backed's more monotonous double whistle. Hear the song on xeno-canto.
|Some authorities regard Dot-backed Antbird as monotypic but, if it is divided into two sub-species, these photos are of H. p. subochraceus which is a lighter brown above with more ochraceous flanks than the nominate.|