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Hairy-crested antbird (Rhegmatorhina melanosticta)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Rhegmatorhina
Ridgway, 1888
Type species
Rhegmatorhina gymnops[1]
Ridgway, 1888

Rhegmatorhina is a genus of insectivorous passerine birds in the antbird family, Thamnophilidae.

The genus was introduced by the American ornithologist Robert Ridgway in 1888 with the bare-eyed antbird (Rhegmatorhina gymnops) as the type species.[2] The name of the genus combines the Ancient Greek words rhēgma, rhēgmatos for "fissure" or "cleft" and rhis, rhinos for "nostril".[3]

The genus contains the following species:[4]

These species are specialist ant-followers that depend upon swarms of army ants to flush insects and other arthropods out of the leaf litter.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Thamnophilidae". aviansystematics.org. The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  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. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.