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Bicolored Antbird - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo by Stanley Jones
Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Panama Province, Panama, December 2017
Gymnopithys bicolor


Subspecies olivascens
Photo by rdavis
Carara National Park, Costa Rica, December 2015

13·5–14·5 cm (5¼-5¾ in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • White throat and chest
  • Pale blue skin around eye
  • Black in front of and behind eye
  • Short tail


Central America and South America
Central America: Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Ecuador


Formerly considered conspecific with White-cheeked Antbird.


5 Subspecies recognized[1]:


They are to be found in the understorey of moist lowland and foothill forests.



They follow army ant-swarms; the ants stir up insects and spiders in the leaf litter which the antbirds feed on.

Occasionally they have been observed to take small frogs and lizards.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2003. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334504
  4. costaricalink.com
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
  6. Wikipedia

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