IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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The Ocellated antbird (Phaenostictus mcleannani) is a neotropical bird that can be found in the understory of lowland humid forests, ranging from southeastern Honduras to northwestern Ecuador (Willis 1973). Adults sport spotted plumage on their chests and back, black throats with a red-orange breast area that fades to brown, a grey crown, and bare blue skin around the eyes (Willis 1973). The diet of this species consists mainly of insects and arthropods, which they catch by following army ants, given that these ants tend to flush other insects out from their hiding places (Stiles and Skutch 1989). Ocellated antbirds mate for life and keep roosting and feeding territories. Nests are placed between the buttresses of trees and both parents take turns incubating and feeding their young (Class and Chaves-Campos 2009). Young Ocellateds gain foraging independence by 6 weeks, and after around six months (if female) or longer (if male), they leave their parents to establish their own roosting site with a mate (Willis 1973).


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