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Small-billed Elaenia Elaenia parvirostris


The Small-billed Elaenia is a small dull-toned flycatcher.  An austral migrant, this species breeds in Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and winters in northern South America east of the Andes.  It is commonly found in several types of forest, edge habitat, and parks and is usually active and vocally conspicuous.  Small-billed Elaenia is rather similar in appearance to White-crested Elaenia (E. albiceps), but it can be identified by grayer underparts, a shorter bill, and a third wingbar; however, identification is difficult in this pair and voice is a more reliable separation.

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

Recommended Citation

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