Myrmotherula menetriesii d’Orbigny, 1837.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Myrmidon gris; German: Buntflьgel-Ameisenschlьpfer; Spanish: Hormiguero de Garganta Gris.
4 in (9.5-10 cm), with a rather short tail.
Northern South America, including southern Venezuela, Guyana, eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, and much of Amazonian Brazil.
Up to 2,950 ft (900 m) in humid tropical forest, forest-edges, and openings within forest. Mostly restricted to terra firme (or non-flooded) forest.
Nonmigratory pairs defend a breeding territory. Often join mixed-species foraging flocks, but tend to feed higher in the canopy than other species. Song is a weak series of about 12 repeated notes.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Glean insects and other arthropods from foliage in the middle and upper canopy.
Monogamous pairs bond for life, typically lay two eggs, and share incubation and care of nestlings and fledglings.
Not threatened. Widespread and locally abundant.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
No direct significance, except for the indirect economic benefits of bird-watching and ecotourism.
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