White-flanked Antwren (Myrmotherula axillaris)
Male White-flanked Antwren, Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil
April 2003

The White-flanked Antwren is distributed in western Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, the Amazon Basin and the Guianas, with a disjunct population in eastern Brazil. It is found in low and middle storeys of humid forest and woodland.

The male is slaty grey-black with 3 white dotted wing-bars and long white plumes on the flanks (sometimes largely hidden as in this photo). The female is olive-brown above with buff-dotted wing-bars. The throat is white with the rest of the underparts ochraceous. It also has white plumed flanks.

It is often found in pairs accompanying mixed forest flocks. It has a habit of restlessly flicking its wings.

There is an illustration in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 19.

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