Long-billed Gnatwren Ramphocaenus melanurus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Polioptilidae
  • Polytypic: 14 subspecies
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Distinguishing Characteristics

12.0 - 12.5 cm. Eyes dark brown. Bill very long, straight, and slender, mosquito-like, flesh color with dark top, near of nasal orifices. Face, chest and flanks cinnamon, with indistinct dusky eyebrow. Throat whitish, indistinctly streaked dusky. Belly and feathers that cover undertail whitish. Crown, nape, back, wings and rump gray-brown. Tail darker, fairly long, outer flight feathers white. Legs gray. Males and females are similar. Juveniles are similar to adults but duller overall.

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Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Long-billed Gnatwren (Ramphocaenus melanurus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/lobgna1