White-plumed Antbird (Pithys albifrons)
White-plumed Antbird, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil
August 2004

The White-plumed Antbird is distributed in Amazonia north of the Amazon river and into central Peru. It is found in humid forest and is almost always associated with army ant swarms.

It is a very distinctive and extremely attractive antbird and one which I have been longing to get a decent photo of ever since I first saw it. This photo is not great because the light was very poor but it is a start and I will be looking to improve it in the future.

This is one of the smallest obligate ant followers and it tends to hang about the edges of the antswarm darting in to catch prey that the ants have aroused then darting back out. Because of its size, it tends to be the target of aggression from the larger antbirds.

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