Batara cinereus Vieillot, 1819.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Batara gйant; German: Batarб; Spanish: Batarб Grande.
Largest species of the formicariids: 12.5–14 in (30.5–35.5 cm), with a relatively long tail and a massive bill.
East-central South America, including the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains in Bolivia, northern Argentina, and in a separate range in southeastern Brazil and northeastern Argentina.
Up to 9,800 ft (3,000 m) in humid tropical and montane forest, forest-edges, and dense thickets in higher woodland; dense vegetation of the lower or middle parts of the forest canopy.
Nonmigratory pairs defend a relatively large territory. They forage close to the ground or in the middle canopy. They are a rarely seen shy and skulking bird. Song is a loud, rather fast series of repeated, ringing, musical notes.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feed in dense foliage on insects and other arthropods.
Monogamous pairs bond for life, typically lay two eggs, and share incubation and care of nestlings and fledglings.
Uncommon species but can be locally abundant, and not threatened.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
No direct significance, except for the indirect economic benefits of bird-watching and ecotourism.
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