White-crested Elaenia Elaenia albiceps

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
  • Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S.

The White-crested Elaenia is a small- to medium-sized member of the difficult-to-identify genus Elaenia. Although the breeding distribution is centered on the Andes Mountains and in southern South America, the White-crested Elaenia occurs throughout much of South America as an austral migrant. Indeed, some of the more interesting aspects of the natural history of the White-crested Elaenia are represented by its geographic variation, and the complicated patterns of migration and of overlap of migratory and resident populations. It is a fairly common and widespread species, although it easily can be confused in the field with several other species.


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

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. 2009. White-crested Elaenia (Elaenia albiceps), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.