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Elaenia albiceps

White-crested Elaenia

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic 6 Subspecies

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S.

Elaenia albiceps

Vichuquén , Chile; 18 January 2007 © Arthur Grosset

The White-crested Elaenia is a small- to medium-sized member of the difficult-to-identify genus Elaenia. Although the breeding distribution is centered on the Andes Mountains and in southern South America, the White-crested Elaenia occurs throughout much of South America as an austral migrant. Indeed, some of the more interesting aspects of the natural history of the White-crested Elaenia are represented by its geographic variation, and the complicated patterns of migration and of overlap of migratory and resident populations. It is a fairly common and widespread species, although it easily can be confused in the field with several other species.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S.. 2009. White-crested Elaenia (Elaenia albiceps), 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:Complex Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Southern temperate forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern