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Cinereous Mourner Laniocera hypopyrra

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Primarily grey with slightly darker wings and tail, the Cinereous Mourner’s most obvious features are the pale cinnamon spots that adorn the tips of the median and greater wing-coverts, creating two discontinuous wingbars, as well as to a much lesser extent the pale bars on the lower breast and belly, and the tufts of bright orange-cinnamon feathers on the body-sides, which are usually overlain by the wings. The Cinereous Mourner is a generally uncommon and rather inconspicuous forest-dweller, and is one of those many Neotropical species which will be encountered rather more frequently once its quite easily overlooked vocalisations are learnt. It is amply distributed virtually throughout Amazonia and the Guianan Shield, with an isolated population in a small part of eastern Brazil, once again affirming the close relationship between the Atlantic and Amazonian forests. It inhabits relatively tall-canopy terra firme forest, but is also found in seasonally flooded swampy forests as well as in humid sandy-belt woodland, more extensive savanna forests and on wooded sand-ridges.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Cinereous Mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: