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Plain-crested Elaenia Elaenia cristata


The Plain-crested Elaenia is a resident of open savanna and scrubby thickets from Venezuela south to central Brazil; there also are isolated populations in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.  A small drab elaenia, the Plain-crested Elaenia has olive-brown upperparts, two white wing bars, and a pale yellow belly and undertail coverts.  The crown feathers of the Plain-crested Elaenia are greatly elongated and form a conspicuous crest, although the crest lacks the white coronal patch of other species of elaenia. Plain-crested Elaenias often perch, with upright posture, in the crowns of shrubs and trees.  Plain-crested Elaenias primarily forage on insects and berries by perch-gleaning or by flutter-gleaning.

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Recommended Citation

Plain-crested Elaenia (Elaenia cristata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: