Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Dull-mantled Antbird (Myrmeciza laemosticta) - HBW 8, p. 659

French: Alapi tabac German: Grauscheitel-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero Guardarribera

Taxonomy: Myrmeciza læmosticta Salvin, 1865, Tucurriquí, Costa Rica.
Genus appears not to represent a monophyletic grouping, but traditional arrangement maintained pending further phylogenetic study. Forms a superspecies with M. nigricauda, female of which formerly treated as a race of present species; probably also close to M. berlepschi. Described races bolivari (C Colombia) and venezuelae (Venezuela) synonymized with palliata, which itself may possibly intergrade with nominate in NW Colombia. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • laemosticta Salvin, 1865 - E Costa Rica (Caribbean slope) and Panama (locally on both slopes E from Veraguas and San Blas).
  • palliata Todd, 1917 - N & NC Colombia (N slope of Andes from Cesar S to Córdoba and S in Magdalena Valley to Caldas) and NW Venezuela (Zulia, Mérida).