Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Near Threatened

Andean Mourner (Laniisoma buckleyi)


French: Lanisome de Buckley German: Gelbkehlbekarde Spanish: Lanisoma andina

Ptilochloris buckleyi

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1880,

Pindo, Pastaza, Ecuador


Generally considered conspecific with L. elegans, but trend since 1992 to treat the two as separate species is upheld here, as present species differs in its (in male) all-yellow breast vs black scales joining across breast in distinct band (2); (in female) lack of black in cap, so that crown appears almost concolorous with upperparts (2); song, although fundamentally similar, has fewer notes per strophe (5–8 vs 8–15) (1), and longer notes (1.07–1.3 s vs 0.65–0.9 s) (2), showing less depth in frequency (ns[1]) and with a narrower frequency range of single notes (ns[1])#R. Proposed races venezuelense (W Venezuela) and cadwaladeri (NW Bolivia) commonly recognized, but proved impossible to diagnose in recent review#R. Monotypic.

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Locally in foothills of Andes in W Venezuela (Táchira, Barinas), NC & S Colombia (Boyacá; S from S Huila), Ecuador, Peru (Amazonas to Madre de Dios) and NW Bolivia (La Paz, Beni).

Descriptive notes

17·3–18 cm; male 40–48 g, females 45·8–59·8 g (nominate). Very similar to formerly conspecific L. elegans; for differences see Taxonomy (above). Male has black crown... read more


Song described as a very high-pitched and sibilant “SEEeeweeEEE, SEEeeweeEEE, SEEeeweeEEE”,... read more


Tall humid forest in lowlands and subtropics, from understorey to subcanopy, often in areas with... read more

Food and feeding

No specific information on diet, although it presumably also takes fruit and insects, like L. elegans. Foraging behaviour... read more


Very little definite information available; apparent lek of the species reported in SE Ecuador in Aug (see Voice), while a female collected... read more


None definitely known, although is perhaps present only seasonally at some localities in E Ecuador... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally rare and local; although easily overlooked and probably under-recorded, it seems to be present at... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Andean Mourner (Laniisoma buckleyi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 June 2019).