Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata

  • © Lee Dingain

This widespread species ranges patchily from Mexico to southern Brazil and Argentina. Though most populations are resident, those in the southern parts are austral migrants to central Brazil. This extensive distribution has resulted in many different populations, which are reflected in this species’ ten subspecies. All subspecies share a short bill, gray throat and pale yellow belly, and lack wingbars. They also have a yellow crown patch, though this is usually concealed. They prefer open woodland and forest edges. Usually solitary or in pairs, they forage in the canopy by gleaning and flitting. Because they tend to stay high, they can be difficult to see, but their distinctive voice often gives them away: a repetitive two-syllable “chew-zoo.”

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Greenish Elaenia (Myiopagis viridicata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: