Black-spotted Bare-eye Phlegopsis nigromaculata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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Of the large, obligate ant-following species of Thamnophilidae, this is about the most widespread and easily observed. The Black-spotted Bare-eye occurs throughout virtually all of southern Amazonia, across Brazil and west to northern Bolivia and eastern Peru, with a narrow extension north of the Amazon as far as south-central Colombia. It is only sympatric with the Reddish-winged Bare-eye (Phlegopsis erythroptera) over a small area of upper Amazonia, but in this area the two are known to interbreed, at least occasionally, and a third described species of bare-eye, the ‘Argus Bare-eye Phlegopsis barringeri’ is now known to be representative of such hybrids. The Black-spotted Bare-eye is a handsome bird, principally black below and over the head and nape, with a bold red patch of orbital skin, and warm brown above, boldly marked with black tear-shaped spots; four subspecies are recognized, and these chiefly differ in the shape and intensity of the spotting over the upperparts.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-spotted Bare-eye (Phlegopsis nigromaculata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: