Ant-eating chat

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Ant-eating chat
Southern Anteater-Chat.jpg
Ant-eating Chat (or Southern Anteater-chat), Myrmecocichla formicivora.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Myrmecocichla
M. formicivora
Binomial name
Myrmecocichla formicivora
(Wilkes, 1817)

The ant-eating chat or southern anteater-chat (Myrmecocichla formicivora) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is found in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.


The species is sexually dimorphic with the male is almost entirely black while the female is brown with a grey bill and legs.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Myrmecocichla formicivora". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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