Scalloped Antbird Myrmoderus ruficauda
(aka Myrmeciza ruficauda)
Male Scalloped Antbird, Jaqueira, Pernambuco, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image Jaqueira, Pernambuco, Brazil
March 2004

The Scalloped Antbird is distributed in north-east Brazil and is a Brazilian endemic. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is classified as Endangered in view of its small and severely fragmented range.

The male, as seen in this photo, is olive brown above with buff tips to the feathers on its back. The rump and tail are dark rufous while the wings are blackish brown with buffy wing-bars and rufous edging. It has a black face and throat bordered by grey tipped feathers. The female differs by having a white throat and a whitish breast with black scalloping.

It is found in the undergrowth of Atlantic Rain Forest remnants where it is usually on its own and flicking over leaves looking for prey.

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