White-browed Antbird (Myrmoborus leucophrys)
Male White-browed Antbird, Carajás, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image Carajás, Pará, Brazil
February 2002

The White-browed Antbird is found in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins where it inhabits forest borders and secondary growth woodland. It is rarely seen inside mature forest where it is replaced by Black-faced Antbird (Myrmoborus myotherinus) and it prefers wet areas or to be near streams.

Like other members of the Myrmoborus genus, it is a rather short-tailed and dumpy bird with longish legs. The male has a very broad white supercilium and is otherwise a dark bluish grey with a black face and throat. The wings are plain with no wing-bars. The female is brown above, white below with a black mask and cinnamon-buff supercilium.

They forage close to or on the ground, usually in pairs and sometimes follow army ant swarms. Typically they cling to vertical stems.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Plate 22; Hilty & Brown, Plate 32 and Ridgely &Greenfield, Plate 62.

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