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13Â·5â€“14Â·5 cm (5Â¼-5Â¾ in)
Both sexes possess a white area on the back that is normally covered, but which can be revealed in territorial display.
Subspecies varies in how dark the male is, from almost black to pale grey in Brazil. Subspecies saturatior which is very dark will show white fringes to feathers on the belly.
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From southeastern Mexico through Central America to Panama; in South America west of Andes to western Ecuador, in northern Colombia, and east of the andes in the lowlands north of Amazon river to The Guianas and Brazil.
Formerly placed in genus Cercomacra.
Four subspecies are recognized:
Lowland and foothill evergreen forests, forest edges, clearings and stream edges. Generally in dense understorey.
A deep, small cup shaped nest is built from plant material and dead leaves. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs with red brown spots. Both adults incubate and raise the young.
The youngsters will stay on their parents territory for almost a year, until the start of next breeding season, unless a vacancy appears in a nearby territory.
The diet consists of a variety of insects, including beetles, wasps and some larvae.
Call: whistled kick
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