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Photo by megan perkins
Pixiam River, Mato Grosso, Brazil, November 2010
Phacellodomus ruber


19–21 cm

  • Greyish brown face
  • Rufous upperparts
  • Long tail
  • Yellow eye


South America: found from northern Brazil to northern Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina


This is a monotypic species[1].


Two nests on the left with Monk Parakeet nest to the right of the lower one
Photo by Stanley Jones
South Wild, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, August 2015

Woodland, scrub and riparian thickets. Tropical savana. Nearly always found near water.



Their diet consists mostly of insects, including beetles.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2014)

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