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Photo by Luiz
Location: Fazenda Angelim, Ubatuba, SP, Brazil

Alternative name: Elegant Mourner; includes Andean Laniisoma and Brazilian Laniisoma4

Laniisoma elegans



Eastern Brazil, western Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.


Four subspecies are recognized[1]: elegans in Brazil, venezuelense, buckleyi, and cadwaladeri from the Andes. The large distance from the Andean populations to eastern Brazil has led to proposals of splitting into two species. This split is recognised by Gill and Donsker (2010)[3], but not by Clements (2010)[1] or Dickinson (2003)[2].

In the past this species belonged in the family Cotingidae. It is now placed in the Tityridae5 which is the cause of the name "Elegant Mourner"; this placement has now been accepted by Clements1.


Humid forests, especially in hilly regions but lower elevations.



Recording by Andrew Whitehouse


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  4. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  5. SACC discussion accepting family Tityridae including Laniisoma

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