Family Silky-flycatchers (Ptiliogonidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher (Ptiliogonys caudatus)


French: Ptilogon à longue queue German: Langschwanz-Seidenschnäpper Spanish: Capulinero colilargo

Ptilogonys [sic] caudatus


, 1861,

Irazú, Costa Rica


See remarks under P. cinereus. Monotypic.


C & S Costa Rica (Cordillera Central, Cordillera de Talamanca) and W Panama.

Descriptive notes

Male 23·7–24·4 cm, female 20–21 cm; 37 g. Slender, with prominent crest and long tail, central pair of rectrices extending beyond the rest. Male has... read more


Call a sharp, dry “che chip, che chip”, likened to sound of loose pebbles in a box when... read more


Open montane habitats, such as secondary forest and pasture with scattered trees bordered by wooded... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and small fruits; fruits include berries of fiddlewood (Citharexylum), the fuchsia Fuchsia arborescens, and the... read more


Apr–Jun. Monogamous; solitary or loosely colonial, may nest in groups of 2–5 pairs, defends small area around nest. Male begins... read more


Resident. During non-breeding season, ranges through forests and pastures in widely straggling... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Common in appropriate habitats in mountain ranges of Volcánica... read more

Recommended citation

Chu, M. (2019). Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher (Ptiliogonys caudatus). 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 17 February 2019).