Pale-faced Bare-eye Phlegopsis borbae

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All of the ‘professional’ antbirds, so-called because these species obligatorily follow army-ant swarms in search of prey, are much-desired ‘prizes’ among birdwatchers visiting Amazonia, but perhaps none of these species is more highly coveted than the Pale-faced Antbird. It is endemic to an apparently small range within south-central Amazonian Brazil, where it inhabits the understory of lowland terra firme forests in the Madeira–Tapajós interfluvium. It is best sought by listening for other obligate ant-followers, in order to locate an ant swarm, and then waiting quietly and patiently to see if this species is also in attendance; however, the Pale-faced Antbird always appears to be uncommon to rare throughout its relatively small range. Until recently placed in the monotypic genus Skutchia, which was named for Alexander Skutch, the Pale-faced Antbird has recently been returned, on the basis of molecular evidence, to the genus Phlegopsis, in which it was originally described, and where it resides with the two bare-eyes.

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Recommended Citation

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