Reddish-winged Bare-eye Phlegopsis erythroptera

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors needed...

The Reddish-winged Bare-eye is a fairly large, antbird with a bare, red periorbital patch. Within its range, this species is unmistakable and not likely to be confused with other bare-eyes. There are currently two described subspecies of the Reddish-winged Bare-eye that are isolated geographically. Considered an obligate follower of army ants, the Reddish-winged Bare-eye is rarely found away from them; however, they will consume other arthropods such as caterpillars, spiders, and cockroaches while following army ant swarms. While following army ant swarms, this species is usually found in pairs or families groups, sometimes numbering up to several dozen individuals. Rather secretive, this species is not easily seen and it will usually flush out of sight when approached. Fairly uncommon throughout its range, the Reddish-winged Bare-eye is very sensitive to human disturbance, but is not currently on any threatened species lists.

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

Recommended Citation

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