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Gymnopithys leucaspis

White-cheeked Antbird

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae


Gymnopithys leucaspis

Manacapuru, Amazonas, Brazil; 15 March 2014 © Anselmo d'Affonseca

The Bicolored Antbird is one of four species of Gymnopithys antbirds, and is speculated to be an obligate ant-follower. Nine subspecies are currently recognized over the species’ relatively wide range, which encompasses Central America from Honduras south to Panama, then through northern Colombia south to western Ecuador. Elsewhere, the Bicolored Antbird is also distributed over upper Amazonia, from southeast Colombia to north-central Peru, and eastwards north of the Amazon as far as the Rio Negro, and this population is sometimes suggested to involve a separate species, although plumage differences between Amazonian and trans-Andean populations are not especially marked. Throughout the species’ range, the Bicolored Antbird inhabits the understory of lowland forests, ranging locally into the foothills, and feeds on insects, other arthropods, and small frogs and lizards.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. White-cheeked Antbird (Gymnopithys leucaspis), 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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