Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Speckled Mourner (Laniocera rufescens)


French: Aulia tacheté German: Rötelbekarde Spanish: Plañidera moteada

Lipaugus rufescens

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Cobán, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. r. rufescens (P. L. Sclater, 1858) – SE Mexico (N Oaxaca, N Chiapas) S to coastal NW Colombia.
  • L. r. griseigula Meyer de Schauensee, 1950 – NW Colombia (N Chocó, Córdoba, N Antioquia, Santander).
  • L. r. tertia (E. J. O. Hartert, 1902) – SW Colombia (Cauca, W Nariño) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas, Pichincha).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–21·5 cm; 38·6–56 g. Dark brown eyes with narrow orange eyering, blackish bill with greyish-flesh base of lower mandible, brownish-grey legs. Plumage is mostly... read more


    Ventriloquial and ringing song a series of up to 15 very high-pitched, thin “tlee-yeeí” whistles,... read more


    Humid and mature second-growth forest and edge, often near swampy places, ravines and streams; to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet consists of arthropods (e.g. lepidopterans), small lizards, and fruit. Usually forages alone, sometimes in mixed-species flocks, from... read more


    No information. Birds in breeding condition in May in Colombia.


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. In Panama, most common in Bocas del Toro. Probably locally extinct in areas where deforestation has been intense (e.g... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. (2019). Speckled Mourner (Laniocera rufescens). 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).