Elegant Mourner Laniisoma elegans


Justification of Red List Category
This species is listed as Near Threatened on the basis that ongoing habitat loss and degradation is suspected to be driving a moderately rapid decline in its population.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be in moderately rapid decline, especially in south-eastern Brazil, as a result of ongoing habitat fragmentation and destruction (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Distribution and population

Laniisoma elegans is found in Atlantic forest in Brazil, from south Bahia to São Paula and east Paraná (del Hoyo et al. 2004).


This species inhabits humid forest and mature secondary woodland, generally occurring to 900 m (del Hoyo et al. 2004).


The main threats to this species are habitat loss and degradation for agricultural expansion and timber extraction (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Conservation actions

Conservation actions underway
Conservation actions proposedIncrease the area of suitable habitat that is strictly protected. Enforce legislation and controls on deforestation.



Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Harding, M., Taylor, J., Temple, H. & Westrip, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Laniisoma elegans. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/03/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/03/2023.