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White-plumed antbird (Pithys albifrons)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Pithys
Vieillot, 1818
Type species
Pithys leucops[1] = Pithys albifrons
Vieillot, 1818

Pithys is a genus of insectivorous passerine binds in the antbird family, Thamnophilidae.

The species in this genus are specialist ant-followers that depend on swarms of army ants to flush insects and other arthropods out of the leaf litter.[2]

The genus was erected by the French ornithologist Louis Pierre Vieillot in 1818.[3] The type species is the white-plumed antbird (Pithys albifrons).[4] It contains two species:[5]


Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Pithys albifrons White-plumed antbird Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana
Pithys castaneus White-masked antbird Peru.


  1. ^ "Thamnophilidae". aviansystematics.org. The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  2. ^ 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. doi:10.2173/bow.thamno3.01. S2CID 216492154. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ Vieillot, Louis Jean Pierre (1818). Nouveau dictionnaire d'histoire naturelle, appliquée aux arts, à l'agriculture, à l'économie rurale et domestique, à la médecine, etc (in French). Vol. 24. Paris: Deterville. p. 112.
  4. ^ Peters, James Lee, ed. (1951). Check-list of Birds of the World. Vol. 7. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 245.
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 4 February 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Pithys at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Pithys at Wikispecies