Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Pale-bellied Mourner (Rhytipterna immunda)


French: Tyran à ventre pâle German: Hellbauch-Schmucktyrann Spanish: Plañidera pálida

Lipaugus immundus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1873,

“Oyapoc, Cayenne”




Extreme E Colombia, SW Venezuela and Amazonian Brazil (from upper R Negro drainage E to Manaus area, S to Rondônia#R#R and Mato Grosso, E to Tocantins#R); also extreme NE Bolivia#R, S Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and adjacent NE Brazil (N Amapá).

Descriptive notes

18·5–19 cm; 28 g. Head and upperparts are dull greyish olive-brown, crown slightly darker; wings duskier, two indistinct pale greyish wingbars, rufous edging on... read more


Most common call, given at intervals throughout day, a distinctive “pur-treeép, cheeeuu” or “puu-... read more


Savanna woodland and borders on sandy soil, scrubby low-canopied várzea woodland, and ... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects and some fruit, but not much known. Often perches within 5 m of ground, occasionally much higher. Peers about slowly,... read more


Nothing recorded.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon and very local; possibly more common, often overlooked. Fairly common at Junglaven Lodge (Amazonas), in Venezuela, and near Powaka... read more

Recommended citation

Scholes, E. (2019). Pale-bellied Mourner (Rhytipterna immunda). 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 6 December 2019).