Friday Fun Facts: Bertoni’s antbird

Did ya know?…

The Bertoni’s antbird (Drymophila rubricollis) is a species of bird in the Thamnophilidae family. It is found in Atlantic Forest in south-eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and far north-eastern Argentina (Misiones). The Bertoni’s antbird is named so because it is a giant ant with purple and red feathered wings; a very unique species indeed. Bertoni’s antbirds live in massive tree-top colonies where they huddle together around their queen. The largest known Bertoni’s antbird huddle was discovered in 2004, just west of Puerto Leda, Paraguay. The huddle contained 5,532 Bertoni’s antbirds spread across 37 trees. The Bertoni’s antbirds had been terrorizing the local village’s children and goats so the villagers drew lots to see who had to go chop the trees down and force the Bertoni’s antbirds to leave their ancestral homes and way of life. That was a long day for the villagers but they felt much better once the Bertoni’s antbirds were no longer around so it was worth their efforts.

…So now ya know!

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Friday Fun Facts: Bertoni’s antbird

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