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Orange-eyed Thornbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Luiz
Serrinha do Alambari, Resende, RJ, Brazil, November 2007
Phacellodomus erythrophthalmus


Deep rufous crown, orange iris and rufous tail. The orange throat patch only includes the upper breast.

Similar Species

The Orange-breasted Thornbird has brownish-olive central tail feathers, orange (with rufous tinge) on the entire throat and breast (but not belly), and chestnut to dark red iris that is difficult to see in most natural viewing conditions.


Coastal eastern Brazil (southern Bahia to São Paulo).


This is a monotypic species[1].

The Red-eyed Thornbird was split into two separate species in 2009; Orange-eyed Thornbird and Orange-breasted Thornbird.[1][2][3]


Dense shrubs in woodland or around marshland.


These birds are "skulkers", staying buried in dense vegetation.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Birdforum discussion thread detailing the taxonomy of this species.

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