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White-plumed antbird (Pithys albifrons) PNYC - El Paujil, Pasco, Peru. AUg 29, 2020 Geotagged,Peru,Pithys albifrons,White-plumed antbird,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

White-plumed antbird (Pithys albifrons)

PNYC - El Paujil, Pasco, Peru. AUg 29, 2020

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  1. One of the quintessential Amazonian ant-followers, and one of the most spectacular! I really, really hoped to see this species on this second visit to the lowlands, and I ended up finding it three times, every time over ant swarms. But while I'd had pretty good luck with other antbirds in previous days, these proved really tricky to photograph. They seemed completely absorbed by their hunting of small insects disturbed by the ants, moving frenetically from perch to perch in the undergrowth, and had no interest whatsoever in playback. They were also quite aggressive to each other, as there were always 3 or 4 birds accompanying the swarms, and they kept displacing each other from prime spots. And yet, they were also very aware of my presence and took off as soon as I tried to get closer, in my experience a rather unusual behavior in feeding birds. In the end, this was the best I could manage. Still, what a bird! Posted 8 days ago
  2. A very cool encounter! And, to see it several times and get to observe its behavior is just awesome! Posted 8 days ago
    1. Yes, definitely a highlight! Posted 7 days ago
  3. I'm speechless, really. I'm used to ant birds being mostly interesting for being so secretive, not for being so very pretty. I had no idea this exception existed. Thank you so much for the persistence, and for sharing. Posted 8 days ago
    1. Glad you like it! Now what's left is the king of antbirds, the ocellated! (look him up) Posted 7 days ago
      1. Wow, it's like spare parts from a Hoatzin and Cassowary assembled into an antbird! Posted 7 days ago
        1. Hahah indeed Posted 6 days ago

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The white-plumed antbird is a small species of insectivorous bird found in the understories of rainforests. It is smaller than most species of its family, weighing 26 grams on average. The family Thamnophilidae is known commonly as the antbirds, as they use the presence of ants to locate food. This species is largely solitary except during the breeding season, and different individuals will follow individual ant swarms.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Sep 13, 2020. Captured Aug 29, 2020 13:43 in Palcazu, 19320, Peru.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/8.0
  • 1/80s
  • ISO10000
  • 560mm