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Laniisoma elegans

Male Shrike-like Cotinga (Laniisoma elegans buckleyi) in Ecuador (Photo: United States Geological Survey)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Tyranni
Infraordo: Tyrannides
Parvordo: Tyrannida
Familia: Cotingidae
Genus: Laniisoma
Species: Laniisoma elegans
Subspecies: L. e. buckleyi - L. e. cadwaladeri - L. e. elegans - L. e. venezuelensis


Laniisoma elegans (Thunberg, 1823)

Vernacular names


Dissert. Tullberg Nov. Spec. Ampelis p.2

The Shrike-like Cotinga (Laniisoma elegans), also known as the Shrike-like Laniisoma or the Elegant Mourner, is a species of bird in the family Tityridae. As suggested by its common name, it was formerly considered a cotinga. As it is far from being "shrike-like", this means that the widely used common name is entirely misleading. It is the only member of the genus Laniisoma.

It is found in Atlantic forest in eastern Brazil and disjunctly in humid Andean forests in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. It has been suggested that the Andean taxa (buckleyi, venezuelense and cadwaladeri) should be considered a separate species, the Andean Laniisoma (L. buckleyi). If this population was split off, the nominate taxon (elegans) would constitute a monotypic Brazilian endemic, the Brazilian Laniisoma (L. elegans). It is generally rare and local throughout its range, and, if split, the Brazilian species would likely be considered threatened.


* BirdLife International 2006. Laniisoma elegans. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 26 July 2007.

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