chestnutbackedantbird

September 27, 2016 – Chestnut-backed Antbird (Myrmeciza exsul)

These antbirds are found in Central America and northern South America from southeastern Honduras into coastal Ecuador. Foraging mostly from low perches or the ground, they eat a variety of insects, as well as other arthropods, small reptiles, and amphibians. Like other antbirds they will opportunistically follow swarms of army ants in mixed-species flocks, feeding on insects flushed by the ants. They are usually seen in territorial pairs which sing duets to each other to defend their territory from neighboring birds. Their open cup-shaped nests are built in low vegetation during the rainy season. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.

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