Reddish-winged bare-eye

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Reddish-winged bare-eye
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Phlegopsis
P. erythroptera
Binomial name
Phlegopsis erythroptera
(Gould, 1855)

The reddish-winged bare-eye (Phlegopsis erythroptera) is a species of insectivorous passerine bird in the antbird family, Thamnophilidae. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The reddish-winged bare-eye was described by the English bird artist and ornithologist John Gould in 1855 and given the binomial name Formicarius erythroptera.[2]

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


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Phlegopsis erythroptera". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Gould, John (1855). "Descriptions of eight new species of birds from South America". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 2nd Series. 15: 343–346 [345].
  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. (1984). "Phlegopsis erythroptera (Gould, 1855) and relatives (Aves, Formicariidae) as army ant followers" (PDF). Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia. 2 (3): 165–170.