Olivaceous Elaenia Elaenia mesoleuca


The Olivaceous Elaenia is a nondescript small flycatcher of eastern South America. Found primarily in southeastern Brazil but also adjacent Paraguay and northeastern Argentina, the species inhabits a wide variety of forest habitats up to 2000 meters in elevation. The Olivaceous Elaenia is olive with gray-brown wings marked by yellowish wing bars and pale olive to white underparts, quite dull overall and extremely similar to the closely related Small-billed Elaenia. Small-billed Elaenia tends to live in more open areas and generally shows three pale wing bars.

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

Recommended Citation

Olivaceous Elaenia (Elaenia mesoleuca), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/oliela1