Red-throated Habia

The Red-throated Habia or Red-throated Ant-tanager (Habia fuscicauda), is a passerine resident breeder found on the Caribbean slopes from southeastern Mexico to eastern Panama. It occurs in thick undergrowth at the edge of forest, second growth or abandoned plantations at altitudes from sea level to 2000 feet.

Red-throated Habias are 7.5 inches long and weigh 1.40 ounces. Adult males are dull dusky red, somewhat paler below, and with a bright red throat and central crown. The female is brownish olive, paler and greyer below, and with a yellow throat and small dull yellow crown stripe. Young birds are brown and lack the throat and crown patches.

These birds are found in pairs or small groups. They eat insects, arthropods and fruit. They will follow army ant columns especially in lowlands where ant birds are uncommon. The flock will give a defensive spread-wing-and-tail display to deter potential predators. The large but untidy cup nest is usually built 3 to 10 feet high in the fork of a shrub or tree, and is often decorated with living ferns. The normal clutch is two or three white eggs laid from April to June.

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