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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Short-eared Dog (Atelocynus microtis)

Also known as the short-eared fox or small-eared dog, the short-eared dog is a rare and unique species of canid that is endemic to the Amazonian basin in South America. Although it is sometimes called a fox the short-eared dog is no fox and it is more closely related to canids that crossed during the Great American Interchange to than to modern canids. Short-eared dogs are secretive and will inhabit a wide variety of forests. Their diet consists mostly of fish, insects and small mammals but they are known to eat fruit, reptiles, and birds as well. 

Short-eared dogs are currently listed as near threatened and face threats from introduced and native competition, habitat degradation and disease.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Canidae-Caninae-Atelocynus-A.microtis

Images: Santiago Espinosa and Peruvian Amazon Biodiversity Project

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