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Mammals

The avifauna is listed in
Birds of NE Brazil.
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Threatened species
Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Birds of NE Brazil
in Caatinga, Cerrado,
and other habitats
Black-bellied Antwren
Formicivora melanogaster
Formigueiro-de-barriga-preta
Family: Thamnophilidae
RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Black-bellied Antwren (Formicivora melanogaster)
21/09/2005; Fazenda Canaã, Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. Male Formicivora melanogaster, as shown by the black underparts. A very common bird in Mãe-da-lua reserve, in the lowland and in the hills. I have never seen a Black-bellied Antwren drinking water or taking a bath at one of our reservoirs or springs, and I assume that this bird does not need access to open water. Of course, a big advantage in the semi-arid Caatinga.

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Black-bellied Antwren (Formicivora melanogaster)
29/07/2007, Mãe-da-lua reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 2. Female Black-bellied Antwren Formicivora melanogaster, with a whitish belly.

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Black-bellied Antwren (Formicivora melanogaster)
05/09/2010, Mãe-da-lua reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 3. Immature Formicivora melanogaster. I am not sure about the gender.

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