[order] Passeriformes | [family] Polioptilidae | [latin] Ramphocaenus melanurus | [UK] Long-billed Gnatwren | [FR] Microbate a long bec | [DE] Schwarzschwanz-Degenschnabler | [ES] Salton Picudo | [IT] Zanzariere beccolungo | [NL] Zwartstaart-muggensluiper
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|Ramphocaenus||melanurus||LA||se Mexico through Amazonia|
Adult Long-billed Gnatwrens are 10.9cm long and weigh 10.3g. They have a long thin bill and a short cocked tail. The upperparts are grey-brown, with rufous on the sides of the head. The throat is white, shading to buff on the rest of the underparts. The tail is black with white tips to all but the central feathers, and is frequently wagged.
Listen to the sound of Long-billed Gnatwren
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
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It is found in the undergrowth and vines of dry forest and secondary woodland from Mexico south to Peru and Brazil, and on Trinidad.
This bird inhabits rain forests and capoeiras, living alone, in pairs, or in small groups. Since they prefer the thickest brush in the forest, Long-billed Gnatwrens
Long-billed Gnatwrens build a deep cup nest very low in a small plant or sapling. The two white eggs are incuated by both parents for 16-17 days to hatching, with a further 11-12 days to fledging.
Long-billed Gnatwrens forage actively in vegetation, eating mainly insects, insect eggs and spiders.
This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 9,200,000 km