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Micromonacha lanceolata
Photo by steveblain.
Photo taken: near Zamora, Ecuador.


1–5.9 in (13–15 cm); 0.67–0.78 oz (19–22 g). Brown upperparts, white nasal tufts and chin feathers, white loral patch (bordered black) extending across forehead. White underparts heavily streaked black, except for central belly; undertail coverts buffy. Bill black and iris brown.


Western Costa Rica, west-central Panama, southwestern Colombia to western Ecuador and northern Bolivia.



Humid forest.


Hunts insects from perches and is known to eat berries, at least seasonally. Nest is placed at end of a 16-in (40-cm) tunnel into a bank. 2 eggs are laid and incubated for 15 days.

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