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Myrmeciza laemosticta

Dull-mantled Antbird

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae


Myrmeciza laemosticta

Nusagandi, Panama; 16 March 2013 © Andrew Spencer

The Dull-mantled Antbird occupies a relatively limited range, from eastern Costa Rica to northwest Venezuela, and south to central Colombia in the Magdalena Valley. It inhabits the undergrowth and floor of wet evergreen forest, mainly below 700 m, but ranges much higher locally, and seems especially fond of dark ravines and streamsides. Males are principally brown above, with small white wing covert spots, and a dark gray head and underparts, with a black throat and red irides, whilst females are broadly similar but lack the black throat, which is replaced by black-and-white stippling. Two subspecies are generally recognized and two more considered synonyms, and a recent proposal has suggested that these are better treated as species, with Myrmeciza laemosticta palliata taking the name Magdalena-Nechí Antbird.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Dull-mantled Antbird (Myrmeciza laemosticta), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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