The Rufous Mourner (Rhytipterna holerythra) is a flycatcher while the Rufous Piha (Lipaugus unirufus) is a cotinga, but the bird guides consider the two species to be virtually indistinguishable in the field – unless they decide to speak up by giving a call note!
I do believe I heard the sad call of the Rufous Mourner on the Mirador trail at Aquiares just before John Beer and I bumped into a trio of rufous or cinnamon-plumaged birds. Here’s one of them:
John managed to get several more nice photos, including this one:
I have no photographs of the Rufous Piha, which is said to be an uncommon species on the Caribbean slope. When I see a bird of this colour in our area my first thought goes to two fairly common species, either a female White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus)…
…or a Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus). Larry Waddell captured a nice shot of this lowland species at the CATIE canal, Turrialba:
Recent forest visits have now brought me into contact more regularly with the Rufous Mourner, which leaves me still lacking any sure views of a Rufous Piha. A visit to a Caribbean lowland forest is in order!