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Gray Silky-flycatcher Ptiliogonys cinereus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Ptiliogonatidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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The Gray Silky-flycatcher is almost endemic to Mexico, although it just ranges into western Guatemala. Like the entire family, this is an attractive and easily identified species: the upperparts are brownish gray to pure gray, with a long, slender tail and a prominent crest, a noticeable pale eye-ring, bright yellow ventral feathering, and the rest of the underparts vary (with subspecies and sex) from deep gray to golden olive. These birds feed on both insects and fruits, and are typically found in montane forests, although they range into more open areas provided there are scattered trees. Their habit of making airborne sallies for prey and perching prominently makes them easy to observe.

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

Recommended Citation

Gray Silky-flycatcher (Ptiliogonys cinereus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: