Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Reddish-winged Bare-eye (Phlegopsis erythroptera)


French: Fourmilier à miroir roux German: Rotspiegel-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero alirrojo

Formicarius erythropterus


, 1855,

interior of British Guiana; error = Rio Negro, Brazil


Occasionally interbreeds with P. nigromaculata. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. e. erythroptera (Gould, 1855) – SE Colombia (S from Meta and Guainía) and SW Venezuela (S Amazonas) S to E Ecuador, NE Peru (Loreto) and NW Amazonian Brazil (E to both banks of upper and W bank of lower R Negro).
  • P. e. ustulata Todd, 1927 – E Peru (locally on S bank of R Amazon in Loreto, and in Ucayali), SW Amazonian Brazil (Amazonas E to R Madeira) and extreme NW Bolivia (NW Pando).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18·5 cm; 50–58 g (possibly varies by sex). Bare periorbital patch red. Male is black, except for thin white feather edges on upperparts and lesser wing-coverts... read more


    Loudsong a series (e.g. 5 notes, 2·7 seconds) of rich whistles, initial 3 notes becoming... read more


    Understorey of humid lowland evergreen forest, to 550 m. Occurs in terra firme forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects and other arthropods, virtually all of which obtained when flushed by swarms of army ants. Recorded prey include... read more


    Almost unknown. Short-tailed juvenile collected in Jan in Colombia (Putumayo); record of short-billed fledgling accompanied by adults on... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon throughout its large range. Regions occupied include some large protected reserves, e.g. La Neblina National Park, in Venezuela, Yasuní... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Reddish-winged Bare-eye (Phlegopsis erythroptera). 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).