A medium-sized bird endemic to a small area of Brazil (2), the Bananal antbird (Cercomacra ferdinandi) is named after Bananal Island, situated in the Araguaia River (4).
The male Bananal antbird has black plumage, with white-edged shoulder feathers, wing coverts and flight feathers. The black, graduated tail also has a white tip. The female Bananal antbird has largely grey plumage, with fine, white streaking on the throat and breast (3).
The male Bananal antbird has a harsh, loud ‘cawh’ call, which is usually repeated in quick succession (3) (4). The male and female may also perform a synchronised duet, in which the female responds in a slightly higher pitched version of the male’s song (3).
- Body-length: 16 cm (2)
- 15 g (3)