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Schistocichla saturata

Roraiman Antbird

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae


Schistocichla saturata

Sierra de Lema, Bolívar, Venezuela; 14 May 2012 © Daniel Hinckley

Formerly considered a subspecies of the Spot-winged Antbird (Schistocichla leucostigma), the Roraiman Antbird is confined to a tiny region in extreme southeast Venezuela, around Mount Roraima, and west-central Guyana. Males of this species are not necessarily strikingly differentiated from other members of the Spot-winged Antbird species complex, being generally dark gray with neat white wing-spots, while females are brown above, with a gray face, dark wing coverts spotted pale, and rufescent underparts. Vocally, the Roraiman Antbird is more obviously distinct; the species’ loudsong commences slowly, thereafter accelerating, and falls sharply in pitch in terminating. It occurs up to 1700 m in humid foothill and lowland forests, and the species’ behavior and ecology, although still poorly known, is probably largely similar to those of other members of the species complex.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Roraiman Antbird (Schistocichla saturata), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

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