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Stub-tailed Spadebill Platyrinchus cancrominus


The Stub-tailed Spadebill is the sole member of its genus that is confined to Middle America, wherein it occurs from southeast Mexico south to northwest Panama, ranging over both the Caribbean and Pacific slopes, and has been recorded to at least 1500 m. It favors the lower strata of humid evergreen forest, sometimes being found in drier forest and gallery woodland, and the species is usually found singly or in pairs, but apparently apart from mixed-species flocks. However, the Stub-tailed Spadebill will, apparently only occasionally, join other bird species in attending army ant swarms in search of insect prey fleeing the swarm. Its habits and ecology appear generally similar to those of other Platyrinchus, and the Stub-tailed Spadebill is generally common to fairly common over large parts of its range.

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Recommended Citation

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