Rufous-crowned Greenlet Hylophilus poicilotis


The Rufous-crowned Greenlet is a common inhabitant of the Atlantic Forest biome, where it is found in tall forest, old second growth, and other well-wooded areas, to at least 1000 m. Seen well, it is a distinctive and agile little bird, with a clear rufous crown, olive-green upperparts, grizzled ear coverts, and yellowish-gray underparts. It is typically found in small flocks of conspecifics, and sometimes with other species, moving through the canopy or mid levels of the forest. Nowadays, the Gray-eyed Greenlet (Hylophilus amaurocephalus) is generally regarded as a separate species from the Rufous-crowned Greenlet, but for many decades these two were treated as conspecifics. They are sympatric locally, and clearly differ in vocalizations, morphology, iris color, and habitat preferences.

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Recommended Citation

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