Slender Antbird Rhopornis ardesiacus


Undoubtedly one of the most magnificent and beautiful of those antbirds endemic to the Atlantic Forest biome, the Slender Antbird is found only in southeast Bahia and northeast Minas Gerais, where it is further restricted to mata-de-cipó woodland on hillsides, with a special fondness for the vicinity of the huge terrestrial bromeliads that characterize these forests. Both sexes are indeed ‘slender’, an effect heightened by the long tail, with red irides. Whilst males are predominantly gray with white tips to the wing coverts, and a large black throat patch, females possess a white throat and an orange-russet crown and nape, making them particularly unmistakable. Despite being relatively common in suitable habitat, the Slender Antbird is currently classified as Endangered according to IUCN criteria, based on its small and highly fragmented range.

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Recommended Citation

Slender Antbird (Rhopornis ardesiacus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: