Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Phlegopsis

Phlegopsis is a genus of bird in the Thamnophilidae family. They are known as "bare-eyes", which is a reference to a colourful bare patch of skin around their eyes. They are restricted to humid forest in the Amazon of South America. They are among the largest ant-followers in the family and are only rarely seen away from ant swarms.


The Pale-faced Antbird, sometimes known as the Pale-faced Bare-eye, has often been placed in the monotypic genus Skutchia, but based on genetic evidence it should be placed in Phlegopsis,[1] and this treatment was adopted by the SACC in 2010.[2] Based on a single specimen a fourth species, the Argus Bare-eye (P. barringeri) has been proposed, but it is a hybrid between P. erythroptera and P. nigromaculata.[3]


  1. ^ Aleixo, A., T. C. T. Burlamaqui, M. P. C. Schneider, and E. C. Goncalves (2009). Molecular systematics and plumage evolution in the monotypic obligate army-ant-following genus Skutchia (Thamnophilidae). Condor 111: 382-387.
  2. ^ Brumfield, R. T. (2010) Merge Skutchia borbae into Phlegopsis (Thamnophilidae).. South American Classification Committee. Accessed 28-09-2010.
  3. ^ Graves, G. R. (1992). Diagnosis of a hybrid antbird (Phlegopsis nigromaculata X Phlegopsis erythroptera) and the rarity of hybridization among suboscines. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 105: 834-340.

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