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Schistocichla humaythae

Humaita Antbird

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae

Authors: Kirwan, Guy M

Schistocichla humaythae

Pauini, Amazonas, Brazil; 9 May 2013 © Thiago Laranjeiras

Endemic to a relatively small area of southwest Amazonia, the Humaita Antbird is a very poorly known and only recently recognized species. Previously, it was considered conspecific with the Spot-winged Antbird (Schistocichla leucostigma), in common with several other taxa recently elevated to species status. Although principally separated on the basis of clear vocal differences from the rest of the complex, plumage differentiation also exists, with male Humaita Antbird having an olive-brown cast to the crown and mantle, and being overall paler gray, especially over the underparts, while the female has the entire head brown. As a result of its long history as a subspecies, its habitat requirements, ecology and behavior are still almost unknown, although these are not likely to differ substantially from other members of the Spot-winged Antbird superspecies.

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Recommended Citation

Kirwan, Guy M. 2010. Humaita Antbird (Schistocichla humaythae), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

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