Cherrie's Antwren (Myrmotherula cherriei)
Cherrie's Antwren, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil
August 2004

Cherrie's Antwren is distributed in south-east Colombia, south-west Venezuela, north-east Peru and north-west Brazil along the rio Negro. It is found in scrubby forest on white sand soil and in thickets along gallery forest in savannah areas.

The male, pictured here, is black with white streaks on the upperparts and heavily streaked black on white below with the coarse streaks continuing onto the belly. The female has buff streaks above and buffy underparts with finer black streaks.

They glean insects from the foliage and are often seen in small mixed flocks. This bird was in a small flock which included Brown-headed Greenlet Hylophilus brunneiceps.

The name comes from an American ornithologist, George Cherrie (1865-1948) and the bird was first described in 1902.

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