Grayish Mourner (Rhytipterna simplex)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Sucumbios, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Linhares, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8.2 in). The Grayish Mourner is all gray with a black bill. It has a crest the bird often erects. It forages in the canopy and subcanopy of tall mature forest in Amazonia. It is similar to the Screaming Piha but is distinguished by a smaller size and a more active foraging behavior. The Screaming Piha perches motionless often for long periods of time. Also, see Cinereous Mourner.

Status: The Grayish Mourner is fairly common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1400 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Plañidero Grisáceo.

Sub-species: Grayish Mourner (Rhytipterna simplex frederici), (Bangs and Penard), 1918.

Meaning of Name: Rhytipterna: Gr. rhutidos, rhutis = wrinkle and pterna= heel. simplex: L. simplex, simplicis= simple, plain.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.