White-shouldered Fire-eye Pyriglena leucoptera

Brazilian name: papa-taoca-do-sul
Male  White-shouldered Fire-eye, Parque de Zizo, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image Parque de Zizo, São Paulo, Brazil
November 2006

The White-shouldered Fire-eye is distributed in the Atlantic Forest of south-east Brazil and adjacent eastern Paraguay and extreme northern Argentina. It is found in the viny and tangled undergrowth often near bamboo.

The male is glossy black with a bright red eye and white wing-bars. It also has a white interscapular patch which is often hidden. The female is brown above with a dark tail and lighter, yellowish-brown underparts. It also has a red eye.

It feeds on a variety of insects and is often, but not always, associated with army-ant swarms that drive the insects from cover. They are usually in small family groups and are very active and difficult to photograph.

There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto .

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