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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Tyranni
Infraordo: Tyrannides
Parvordo: Thamnophilida
Familia: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Pyriglena
Species: P. atra - P. leuconota - P. leucoptera


Pyriglena Cabanis, 1847


Archiv für Naturgeschichte. Berlin. 13 p.211

The fire-eyes, Pyriglena, are a genus of birds in the antbird family Thamnophilidae.The genus contains three species, all found in South America. The fire-eyes are 16-18 cm in length, weigh 25-36 g and have characteristic red eyes that give them their name. They have sexually dimorphic plumage, with the females possessing brown to buff coloured bodies with black tails, and the males being black with small patches of white on the back or wings. The fire-eyes eat a variety of insects, and will regularly follow army ants in order to to catch prey flushed by them.[1] Two of the fire-eyes are widespread and safe, but one species, the Fringe-backed Fire-eye, is threatened with extinction.[2]

* Fringe-backed Fire-eye (Pyriglena atra)
* White-backed Fire-eye (Pyriglena leuconota)
* White-shouldered Fire-eye (Pyriglena leucoptera)


1. ^ Zimmer, K. & M. Isler (2003) "Family Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds)" pp.459–531 in del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie D. (editors). (2003). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-87334-50-4
2. ^ BirdLife International. "Pyriglena atra". IUCN Red List. IUCN. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/145643/0. Retrieved 23 January 2011.

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