Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster


The Yellow-bellied Elaenia is a medium sized, widespread elaenia found from southeastern Mexico south to northeastern Argentina. Generally Yellow-bellied Elaenias are brownish olive above with two white wing bars, a pale gray breast, and pale yellow belly.  Yellow-bellied Elaenia have a conspicuous bushy crest that often is raised when the bird calls, revealing a white coronal patch.  These flycatchers inhabit a variety of woodland habitats as well as scrub and savanna, and feed on fruits and insects.  Yellow-bellied Elaenias often are relatively conspicuous, perching in the open and vocalizing frequently.

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

Recommended Citation

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