Ocellated Antbird Phaenostictus mcleannani

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Hope Batcheller

Many species of antbirds have drab plumage, dominated by the colors black, gray, and brown, but Ocellated Antbird is a remarkably beautiful antbird, with a strikingly ornate pattern. This species occurs from Honduras south to Colombia and western Ecuador; within this region it inhabits the lower strata of lowland humid forest. This striking species is olive above and below with black feather centers and golden fringes to the feather tips, which imparts a scaled appearance to the bird's body and wings; in addition, it has a chestnut collar, black throat and facial border, gray crown, electric blue facial skin, and stout, pink legs. Ocellated Antbird can be located by its call, a rising series of whistles, and is an obligate attendent of army ant swarms, where it is typically dominant to other birds.


© David L. Ross, Jr.

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

Recommended Citation

Batcheller, H. (2012). Ocellated Antbird (Phaenostictus mcleannani), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.oceant1.01