Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Russet-winged Mourner (Schiffornis stenorhyncha)


French: Antriade sténorhynque German: Rostflügelbekarde Spanish: Llorón picofino

Heteropelma stenorhynchum

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

San Esteban, Carabobo, Venezuela


Until recently considered conspecific with S. olivacea, S. urdina, S. aenea and S. veraepacis, but differs from last in characters given under that species. Differs from other taxa in its relatively distinctive two-tone underparts involving dull rufescent-brown breast, extending lower than in other taxa (1) and greyish belly (2); warmer colour in wings (1); and distinctive song in which second note (3) and third note (3) are steeply upslurred. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. panamensis Hellmayr, 1929 – lowlands of C & E Panama and NW Colombia (N Chocó, W Córdoba).
  • S. s. stenorhyncha (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1869) – N & NE Colombia and N Venezuela (Zulia E to Aragua).
  • Descriptive notes

    15·5–16·5 cm; 30–34 g (nominate). A typical member of the S. turdina species complex; differences from other members of it are described under Taxonomy (above).... read more


    Song, usually given at long intervals, a sequence of normally 2–4 clear, rich musical whistles, the... read more


    Humid forest, or adjacent tall second growth; almost always in interior, rarely near edge. Lowlands... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet fruit and insects; stomach contents of birds collected in Panama included caterpillars, cicadas and small berries. Forages alone,... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in N Colombia in Jan–Jun, and one nest found in the foothills of the Magdalena Valley, C Colombia; cup-shaped (... read more


    Presumably sedentary, although in an area of deciduous forest in N Venezuela the species was only... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Unobtrusive and heard far more often than seen. Overall range estimated at 870,000 km². Fairly common to common in E Panama, Colombia... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Russet-winged Mourner (Schiffornis stenorhyncha). 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 24 June 2019).