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Slaty Bristlefront - BirdForum Opus

Photo by arthurgrosset
Location: Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil.
Merulaxis ater


The male is slaty grey with dark brown back, rump and flanks. The female is brown above and cinnamon-rufous below. It has long bristles in front of its eyes.


South-eastern Brazil.


This is a monotypic species1.


Atlantic Rain Forest and in mature secondary woodland.


Lifts up dead leaves on the ground; it is thought that the long frontal bristles help in keeping dirt out of the eyes so it can see its prey.1


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

Arthur Grosset on his web site here.

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