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Sooty Antbird - BirdForum Opus

Hafferia fortis
Photo by momo
Location: La Selva Lodge, Ecuador


Male sooty-black with wide bluish ring of bare skin around eye and with narrow white at bend of wing. Female has reddish on crown, grey on sides of head and on throat and upper breast, rest of underside olive, olive mantle and reddish-brown on rest of upperparts.

Similar species

Male is similar to males of several species, such as White-shouldered Antbird, Goeldi's Antbird, and Cocha Antshrike.


Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia.


Two subspecies are recognized:

  • H.f. fortis
  • H.f. incanescens

Formerly placed in genus Myrmeciza.


Moist lowland forests, but mostly non-flooded areas.


Follows Army Ant swarms.


  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/

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