Rufous-fronted Antthrush

Rufous-fronted Antthrush / Formicarius rufifrons

Rufous-fronted Antthrush

Here the details of the Rufous-fronted Antthrush named bird below:

SCI Name:  Formicarius rufifrons
Protonym:  Formicarius rufifrons FieldianaZool. 39 p.51,52,53
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Formicariidae /
Taxonomy Code:  rufant3
Type Locality:  
Publish Year:  1957
IUCN Status:  


(Formicariidae; Ϯ Rufous-capped Ant-thrush F. colma) Mod. L. formicarius  of the ant  < Med. L. formicarium  ant-hill  < L. formica ant. The antbirds received their name from the habit of a few species of trailing ant armies and feeding on the insects thus disturbed or put to flight; “This bird inhabits South America  ...  in the neighbourhood of large ant-hills, on the inhabitants of which it chiefly feeds, as do several other species; many sorts of which unite together into bands: but what is observable in this species, it is seldom seen except one in a flock of the others, or at most a pair. These birds for the most part keep on the ground, and appear less active than those which it keeps company with” (Latham 1783). The ant-thrushes are shy, terrestrial birds, much more often heard than seen and sometimes occur on the periphery of ant swarms; "700.  1.Palikour BUFF. VIII. p. 238. BRISS. Ornith. o. LINN. o. Formicarius torquatus, mihi.  2.Carillonneur BUFF. VIII. p. 246. BRISS. Ornith. o. LINN. o. Formicarius Cantatar, mihi.   ...   703. 1.Colma, BUFF. VIII. p. 241. BRISS. Ornith. o. LINN. o. Formicarius Colma.   ...   821. Tetema de Cayenne, BUFF. VIII. p. 240. BRISS. Ornith. o. LINN. Gen. o. Formicarius Cayanensis." (Boddaert 1783); "Formicarius Boddaert, Tabl Pl. enlum., 1783, p. 43, 44, 50. Type, by subsequent designation, Formicarius cayanensis Boddaert = Formicarius colma Boddaert (G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., 1840, p. 26)." (Peters, 1951, VII, p. 239). 
Synon. Eriodora, Formicicapa, Myiothera, Myocincla, Myrmecophaga, Tetema.

Mod. L. rufifrons, rufifrontis  red-fronted  < L. rufus  red, rufous; frons, frontis  forehead, brow.
● ex “Hirondelle à Front Roux” of Levaillant 1807, pl. 245, fig. 2 (?syn. Hirundo sp.).
● ex “Merle roux de Cayenne” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 644, fig. 1, and “Rufous Thrush” of Latham 1783 (Percnostola).
● ex “Rufous-fronted Flycatcher” of Latham 1801 (Rhipidura).
● ex “Barbu du cap de Bonne Espérance” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 688, fig. 1, “Barbu à plastron noir” of de Buffon 1770-1786, and “Bucco niger var. β” of Latham 1790 (syn. Tricholaema leucomelas).