Ptiliogonatidae – Silky-flycatchers

Grey Silky-flycatcher (Ptilogonys cinereus) Reinier Munguia

Grey Silky-flycatcher (Ptiliogonys cinereus) Reinier Munguia

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. (Proverbs 31:22 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Ptiliogonatidae – Silky-flycatchers


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Species (4)

Phainoptila
Black-and-yellow Phainoptila (Phainoptila melanoxantha)
Ptiliogonys
Grey Silky-flycatcher (Ptiliogonys cinereus)
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher (Ptiliogonys caudatus)
Phainopepla
Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens)

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The silky-flycatchers are a small family, (Ptilogonatidae), of passerine birds. The family contains only four species in three genera. They were formerly lumped with waxwings and Hypocolius in the family Bombycillidae, and they are listed in that family by the Sibley-Monroe checklist. The family is named for their silky plumage and their aerial flycatching techniques, although they are unrelated to the Old World flycatchers (Muscicapidae) and the tyrant flycatchers (Tyrannidae).

They occur mainly in Central America from Panama to Mexico, with one species, the Phainopepla, extending northwards into the southwestern USA. They are mostly sedentary, but the Phainopepla is migratory over the northern part of its range.

They are related to waxwings, and like that group have a soft silky plumage, usually grey or pale yellow in colour. All species, with the exception of the Black-and-yellow Phainoptila, have small crests. (Wikipedia)

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