Large Elaenia Elaenia spectabilis

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The Large Elaenia is just one of several Elaenia species that is considered to be an austral migrant. It is generally considered to be closely related to the similarly sized Yellow-bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster), and these two species have even been considered to be conspecifics. However, compared to the latter, the Large Elaenia prefers slightly heavier wooded habitats (although it is still usually found at edges), is marginally larger, shows almost no crest (with little or no white), and usually shows three (not two) white wing bars. The locally fairly common Large Elaenia breeds across central and eastern Brazil, eastern Bolivia, northern Argentina, and northern Uruguay, and in the non-breeding season it occurs across much of the Amazon Basin, as far north as southeast Colombia, and west to eastern Peru.

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

Recommended Citation

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