Tawny-crowned Greenlet Tunchiornis ochraceiceps


Although it is generally fairly common and occurs over a broad range, which stretches from southern Mexico to northern Bolivia, and encompasses much of the lowlands of northern South America, the Tawny-crowned Greenlet is easily overlooked, especially without knowledge of its whistled song. As many as ten subspecies have been described, of which the three dark-eyed subspecies found in Amazonia are sometimes suggested to represent a separate species, especially as they also more or less lack much or any tawny on the cap. However, no vocal differences have been described between the two groups. Like other greenlets, this species builds a deep cup nest and lays two whitish eggs.

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  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Tawny-crowned Greenlet (Tunchiornis ochraceiceps), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: