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Myiopagis olallai

Foothill Elaenia

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan

Myiopagis olallai

Puerto Ocopa-Atalaya road, Junín, Peru; 24 June 2012 © Daniel Lane

As yet a very poorly known species in terms of its ecology and behavior, the Foothill Elaenia was only recently described, after it was famously discovered by the late Paul Coopmans, who tape-recorded an unfamiliar vocalization and swiftly realized that it must belong to an unknown species. Its specific name honors the Ecuadorian collector, Alfonso Manuel Olalla, who with his family made a staggering contribution to our knowledge of Amazonian birds, including raising awareness of the importance of major rivers to shaping biodiversity. The Foothill Elaenia is a typically plumaged Myiopagis elaenia found in submontane wet forest at elevations between approximately 900 and 1500 m in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in northern and southern Ecuador, and much further south in central and southern Peru.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan. 2012. Foothill Elaenia (Myiopagis olallai), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Vulnerable