Silky flycatchers ptilogonatidae

The bird family Ptilogonatidae - better known as "Silky-Flycatchers" - were named for their silky plumage and foraging techniques as commonly catch insects (including flies) in flight.

Most of them occur in Central America - ranging from Mexico south to Panama. The Phainopepla is the only species that ranges northwards into the southwestern USA.

The family consists of the following species:

  • Black-and-yellow Phainoptila, Phainoptila melanoxantha
  • Grey Silky-flycatcher, Ptilogonys cinereus
  • Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher, Ptilogonys caudatus
  • Phainopepla, Phainopepla nitens

Grey Silky Flycatchers

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