Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Cinereous Mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra)


French: Aulia cendré German: Tropfenflügelbekarde Spanish: Plañidera cenicienta

Ampelis hypopyrra


, 1817,

La Guyane = Cayenne


Scientific name has often been erroneously emended to “hypopyrrha”. Monotypic.


Entire Amazon–Orinoco Basin, including SE Colombia, S & E Venezuela (N to SE Sucre), the Guianas, E Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil; isolated population in SE Bahia and N Espírito Santo, in coastal E Brazil.

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; 41–51 g. Dark eyes with narrow orange eyering, dark bill, grey legs; rounded head and bill yielding appearance somewhat like that of a dove (Columbidae... read more


Far-carrying, ventriloquial insect-like song a series of 10–15 very high-pitched, thin,... read more


Humid terra firme and igapó flooded forests, especially on sloping terrain or... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, e.g. lepidopterans, dipterans; also fruit. Usually alone, sometimes in mixed-species flocks, usually in understorey or mid-... read more


Gonads enlarged Sept–Nov in Peru and Bolivia; nest Sept in SE Peru, bulky cup made of dry leaves, constructed among the branches of... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. Fairly common in sandy-belt forest and savanna woodland in SE Colombia, e.g. around Puerto Inírida. Conservation... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B. (2019). Cinereous Mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra). 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 16 November 2019).