First Nest Description for the Ocellated Antbird (Phaenostictus mcleannani)

  title={First Nest Description for the Ocellated Antbird (Phaenostictus mcleannani)},
  author={Deborah M. Buehler and Alberto I. Castillo and Jeffrey D. Brawn},
Abstract We present the first description of a nest of the Ocellated Antbird (Phaenostictus mcleannani), an understory species that ranges from southeastern Honduras to northwestern Ecuador. The open-cup nest was found in June 2002, in the Republic of Panama, and was located on the leaf litter between the buttresses of a Virola surinamensis tree. The nest contained two ovoid, whitish eggs with reddish-brown speckles and longitudinal streaks. 
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