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Cinereous mourner
Cinereous Mourner
General Information
Universe Real Life
Classification Laniocera hypopyrra
Species Type Tityrid Mourner
Homeworld Earth
Intelligence Non-Sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; lay eggs
Locomotion Powered flight
Lineage Information
Subspecies Speckled Mourner
Related Species Other Tityrid
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Subclass Neornithes
Infraclass Neognathae
Superorder Neoaves
Order Passeriformes
Suborder Tyranni
Family Tityridae
Genus Laniocera
Species hypopyrra
Other Information
Status Least Concern

The cinereous mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra) is a species of bird in the family Tityridae. The term "cinereous" describes its coloration. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Nestlings of this species are orange with long filoplumes that end in white tips and have a resemblance to hairy caterpillars of a moth belonging to the family Megalopygidae. The young birds move their heads slowly from side to side which are thought to enhance the impression by resembling a moving caterpillar. It is thought that this may be the first case of Batesian mimicry involving a harmless bird mimic and a toxic insect model.

Ciereous Mourner Chick

A young chick.

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