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Grayish Mourner - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by arthurgrosset
Murici, Alagoas, Brazil, March 2004
Rhytipterna simplex


It is plain grey though slightly paler on the underparts where a tinge of yellow-green can sometimes be seen on the belly and crissum. The iris is dark red to reddish-brown.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • R. s. frederici :
  • R. s. simplex:
  • South-eastern Brazil (Alagoas to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro)


Middle and upper levels of humid forest.



Their diet consists mostly of large insects, but fruit is also eaten.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)
  4. BF Member observations

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