Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Bare-eyed Antbird (Rhegmatorhina gymnops)


French: Fourmilier fuligineux German: Schwarzkopf-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero ojicalvo

Rhegmatorhina gymnops


, 1888,

Santarém, Pará, Brazil




SE Amazonian Brazil between E bank of R Tapajós and R Iriri, extending S to both banks of middle R Teles Pires (Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14·5 cm; 27–30 g. Large periorbital patch pale greyish-green; fairly prominent crest. Male has head to upper breast blackish-grey; upperparts and tail dark... read more


Loudsong a short series (e.g. 5 notes, 2·8 seconds) of whistles, first note longest and most... read more


Understorey of humid lowland evergreen forest, to 200 m. At Alta Floresta (Mato Grosso), occurs in... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on variety of insects and other arthropods, virtually all of which obtained by following army-ant swarms and seizing prey flushed by... read more


Little known. Nesting thought to coincide with onset of rainy season in Nov–Dec; young bird (pale gape angles, small bluish bare... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Status not well known; appears to be uncommon to fairly common within its small range, but is considered to be highly sensitive to human disturbance, particularly... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Bare-eyed Antbird (Rhegmatorhina gymnops). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).