Roraiman Antbird Myrmelastes saturatus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Daniel Hinckley

Formerly considered a subspecies of Spot-winged Antbird (Myrmelastes leucostigma), 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, 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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© Michael Braun

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Roraiman Antbird (Myrmelastes saturatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: