Stub-tailed Antbird Sipia berlepschi


Restricted to the Chocó Endemic Bird Area, the Stub-tailed Antbird occurs from western Colombia to extreme northwest Ecuador, where it inhabits the understory of wet lowland forests and old second growth, especially their densely vegetated borders. Males possess predominantly deep black plumage, interrupted only by the usually concealed, white, interscapular patch, with deep red irides, while females, which also have red eyes, are arguably more readily identified by their white-spotted underparts, and small white dots on the wing covert tips. The species’ behavior is still poorly known, in large part due to its secretive habits, but it feeds on arthropods, occasionally following army ant swarms, and the Stub-tailed Antbird remains low above the ground, either singly, in pairs, or small family groups.

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

Recommended Citation

Stub-tailed Antbird (Sipia berlepschi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: