Bare-eyed antbird

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Bare-eyed antbird
Rhegmatorhina gymnops - Bare-eyed Antbird - male (cropped).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Rhegmatorhina
R. gymnops
Binomial name
Rhegmatorhina gymnops
Ridgway, 1888
Rhegmatorhina gymnops map.svg

The bare-eyed antbird (Rhegmatorhina gymnops), occasionally known as the Santarem antbird, is a species of insectivorous passerine bird in the antbird family, Thamnophilidae. It is endemic to Brazil. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The bare-eyed antbird was formally described by the American ornithologist Robert Ridgway in 1888 and given the binomial name Rhegmatorhina gymnops.[2]

This species is a specialist ant-follower that depends upon swarms of army ants to flush insects and other arthropods out of the leaf litter.[3][4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Rhegmatorhina gymnops". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22701907A93854116. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22701907A93854116.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ Ridgway, Robert (1887). "Descriptions of new species and genera of birds from the Lower Amazon". Proceedings of the United States National Museum: 516–528 [525]. Although the title page gives the year as 1887, the volume was not published until 1888.
  3. ^ Zimmer, K.; Isler, M.L. (2018) [2003]. del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  4. ^ Willis, Edwin O. (1969). "On the behavior of five species of Rhegmatorhina, ant-following antbirds of the Amazon basin" (PDF). Wilson Bulletin. 81: 362–395.