Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

White-shouldered Fire-eye (Pyriglena leucoptera)


French: Alapi demoiselle German: Weißbinden-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Ojodefuego aliblanco

Turdus leucopterus


, 1818,

near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Sometimes treated as conspecific with P. leuconota and/or P. atra. Forms a well-supported clade with latter#R. Monotypic.


E Brazil (E Bahia and SW Minas Gerais S to S Mato Grosso do Sul and extreme N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay (Canindeyú S to Itapúa) and extreme NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 25–34 g (female appears to weigh less). Male is glossy black; interscapular patch white, lesser wing-coverts white, median and greater coverts tipped... read more


Male loudsong a regular, medium-length series (e.g. 8 notes, 2 seconds), notes longer than... read more


Understorey of evergreen-forest edge, forest light-gaps and mature second-growth woodland, also... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on variety of insects, including orthopterans (Gryllidae, Tettigoniidae, Acrididae), cockroaches (Blattoidea), beetles (Bostrichidae... read more


Season Sept–Dec. Carefully documented nest found in Misiones (Argentina) was a sphere of leaves, petioles and rolled sheaths of... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of its range. Range encompasses numerous protected areas, e.g. Itatiaia, Iguaçu, Tijuca, Serra dos Órg... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). White-shouldered Fire-eye (Pyriglena leucoptera). 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 25 February 2020).