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Photo by Ciro Albano
Location: Boa Nova, state of Bahia NE Brazil, July, 2009
Rhopornis ardesiacus


Photo © by Fritz73
Boa Nova, Brazil, 3 September 2017

19 cm. Male ash-grey above, paler below, black, triangular throat patch, long black tail and wings with fine white wing-bars, long black bill, red iris. Female resembles male but duller. Rufous-brown forehead, crown and hindneck, paler underparts, white throat, brown iris.



Highlands of eastern Brazil (southeastern Bahia and northeastern Minas Gerais)


This is a monotypic species. The scientific name has previously (incorrectly) been spelled Rhopornis ardesiaca.


Dry forests.


They feed on the ground, on low branches and in the bromeliads, where they toss leaves searching for invertebrate prey, principally small termites but also including grasshoppers, crickets, cockroaches and spiders. They have also been observed following army ant swarms.

Breeding occurs primarily in October-December.


  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/

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