|Black-spotted bare-eye (Phlegopsis nigromaculata)|
L. Reichenbach, 1850
Phlegopsis is a genus of insectivorous passerine birds in the antbird family, Thamnophilidae. They are known as "bare-eyes", which is a reference to a colourful bare patch of skin around their eyes. They are restricted to humid forest in the Amazon of South America. They are among the largest ant-followers in the family and are only rarely seen away from ant swarms.
The pale-faced bare-eye, sometimes known as the pale-faced antbird, has often been placed in the monotypic genus Skutchia, but based on genetic evidence it should be placed in Phlegopsis, and this treatment was adopted by the SACC in 2010. Based on a single specimen a fourth species, the Argus bare-eye (P. barringeri) has been proposed, but it is a hybrid between P. erythroptera and P. nigromaculata.
The genus contains three species:
- Reddish-winged bare-eye (Phlegopsis erythroptera)
- Black-spotted bare-eye (Phlegopsis nigromaculata)
- Pale-faced bare-eye (Phlegopsis borbae)
- Aleixo, A.; Burlamaqui, T.C.T.; Schneider, M.P.C.; Goncalves, E.C. (2009). "Molecular systematics and plumage evolution in the monotypic obligate army-ant-following genus Skutchia (Thamnophilidae)". Condor. 111: 382–387. doi:10.1525/cond.2009.080097.
- Brumfield, R.T. (April 2010). "Proposal (432): Merge Skutchia borbae into Phlegopsis (Thamnophilidae". South American Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
- Graves, Garry R. (1992). "Diagnosis of a hybrid antbird (Phlegopsis nigromaculata X Phlegopsis erythroptera) and the rarity of hybridization among suboscines". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 105: 834–340.
- Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
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