Black-and-white Antbird / Myrmochanes hemileucus

Black-and-white Antbird / Myrmochanes hemileucus

Black-and-white Antbird

SCI Name:  Myrmochanes hemileucus
Protonym:  Hypocnemis hemileuca Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt2 p.186
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Thamnophilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  bawant1
Type Locality:  lower Ucayali, Peru.
Publish Year:  1866
IUCN Status:  


(Thamnophilidae; Ϯ Black-and-white Antbird M. hemileucus) Gr. μυρμος murmos  ant; χαινω khainō  to gape greedily; "Myrmochanes, gen. nov.   Bill long, depressed, broad at base, becoming rapidly narrower and attenuate, commissure slightly arched; nostrils open, linear oval; wings rounded, fourth, fifth, and sixth primaries longest and subequal; tail short, graduated, about three-fifths as long as ther wing; tarsus long, distinctly scutelate behind as well as in front.   Type, Myrmochanes hypoleucus, sp. nov.  The bird on which the present species is based is about as large as an average sized species of Formiccivora [sic] or Myrmotherula, with, however, a very much larger and more flattened bill, and very much longer and heavier tarsi and feet. Its position in the family is apparently near Pyriglena." (J. A. Allen 1889); "Myrmochanes J. A. Allen, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 2, 1889, p. 95. Type, by original designation, Myrmochanes hypoleucus = Hypocnemis hemileuca Sclater and Salvin." (Peters 1951, VII, 227).

Gr. ἡμιλευκος hēmileukos  half-white  < ἡμι- hēmi-  half  < ἡμισυς hēmisus  half; λευκος leukos   white.
● See: hemileucurus