Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Reddish-winged Bare-eye (Phlegopsis erythroptera)


Taxonomy

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

Formicarius erythropterus

Gould

, 1855,

interior of British Guiana; error = Rio Negro, Brazil

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56857 on 19 December 2018).