Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher (Ptilogonys caudatus)

The Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher is an elegant bird that can be found in the highlands in Costa Rica. It’s long black tail contrasts with the gray and yellow body, ending with a yellow crest that is normally seen protruding from the head. The male is more colorful than the female, but overall they look similar and might be indistinguishable on bad lighting. Along the Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher, this species is part of a four species family around the world, with only the Black-and-yellow and the Long-tailed being present in Costa Rica, endemic to our country and western Panama.

A male perches on a small tree branch that seems to step from under a red bromeliad
The gray upperparts and chest look blueish under the right lighting conditions
After quite the spectacle, this male perched right on top of a bromeliad flower
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher - Ptilogonys caudatus - Capulinero Colilargo (2)
A male caught foraging and feeding on these small fruits
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher - Ptilogonys caudatus - Capulinero Colilargo
The female has a similar, but duller coloration overall

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