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Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Vila Flor, Antonina, PR, Brazil, September, 2017
Lochmias nematura


13–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Dark upperparts
  • Dark underparts with white spots
  • Thin white supercilium
  • Blackish lores
  • Tail is short with pointed feather tips


Photo © by Rodrigo Conte
Brasilia, Brazil, August 2014

The back and wings are more reddish in south-east, the supercilium mostly to fully absent and underside darker in westerly subspecies.


Central and South America
Central America: Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina



There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • L. n. nelsoni:
  • Extreme eastern Panama (Darién)
  • L. n. sororius:
  • L. n. chimantae:
  • Mountains of south-eastern Venezuela (Gran Sabana)
  • L. n. castanonotus:
  • Tepuis of southern Venezuela (Bolívar and Amazonas)
  • L. n. obscuratus:
  • L. n. nematura:


Mountainous evergreen forests; found along streams and small rivers in thick undergrowth. Occurring at heights around 725–2780 m.



Their diet consists of beetles, caterpillars, spiders, tadpoles, etc.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)
  4. Angehr and Dean 2010. Birds of Panama, a field guide

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