Stresemann's bristlefront

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Stresemann's bristlefront
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Rhinocryptidae
Genus: Merulaxis
Species: M. stresemanni
Binomial name
Merulaxis stresemanni
Sick, 1960

The Stresemann's bristlefront (Merulaxis stresemanni) is a critically endangered species of bird in the Rhinocryptidae family. It is endemic to Brazil.


This is a medium-sized, long-tailed bird with distinctive forehead bristles. It measures 20 cm (7.9 in). The male is all slaty-plumbeous with dark rufous-chestnut rump, uppertail-coverts and vent. The namesake features are long, pointed bristles on the forehead. The female is cinnamon-brown above, with a duskier tail, and bright cinnamon-rufous below.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The birds' natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss, and the Mata do Passarinho Reserve is the last known area to house Stresemann's bristlefront, with less than fifteen known individuals. The Atlantic forest reserve is in the states of Minas Gerais and Bahia and contains primary forest as well as secondary forest, and is an island of forest surrounded by farmland.[3]


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