French: Ptilogon cendré German: Grauseidenschnäpper Spanish: Capulinero gris
Other common names: Grey Silky
Real del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. otofuscus
R. T. Moore, 1935 – NW Mexico (S Sonora, SW Chihuahua, E Sinaloa, W Durango, W Zacatecas).
P. c. cinereus
Swainson, 1827 – C & E Mexico (S Coahuila, S Nuevo León and Jalisco S to W Michoacán and Oaxaca).
P. c. pallescens
Griscom, 1934 – SW Mexico (E Michoacán and Guerrero).
P. c. molybdophanes
Ridgway, 1887 – S Mexico (Chiapas) and SC Guatemala.
18·5–21 cm. Slender, with prominent crest and long tail. Male nominate race has blue-grey head (including crest) and upperparts, dusky lores; flight-feathers and... read more
Loud “tu whip, tu whip”, second note higher in pitch and more emphatic; dry “chi-... read more
Montane pine (Pinus), oak (Quercus) and juniper (Juniperus) forests,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and berries. Berries of mistletoes (Loranthaceae) especially important; numbers of present species vary with abundance of ripe... read more
In Mexico, two nests under construction in late May in Tamaulipas and nest with chicks in Jun in Morelos. Open cup-nest of oak catkins,... read more
Generally resident. Some downslope movement in winter, when also wanders into adjacent habitat; may... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in much of range; uncommon in NW Mexico (Sonora). Found in 32 Important Bird Areas, including seven protected areas, in... read more
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