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Parque Nacional Yanachaga-Chemillén, Pasco, Peru, 15 August 2020
Rhegmatorhina melanosticta


14–15 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Blue skin around eye


  • Pale grey bushy crest
  • Black face


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • R. m. melanosticta:
  • R. m. brunneiceps:
  • Central Peru south of River Marañón (San Martín to northern Ayacucho)
  • R. m. purusiana (badia):
  • Eastern Peru to south-western Amazonian Brazil and north-western Bolivia (Pando, La Paz)

A fourth subspecies R. m. purusiana is recognised by some authorities[2]


Generally seen below 900 m in the understorey of humid evergreen forests.



They follow army ant swarms eating a variety of insects which have been flushed out.


Both adults care for the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) - Avibase. Retrieved 7 September 2020
  3. Zimmer, K. and M.L. Isler (2020). Hairy-crested Antbird (Rhegmatorhina melanosticta), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.hacant1.01

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