Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Amazonian Grey Elaenia (Myiopagis cinerea)


French: Élénie grise German: Graurücken-Olivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío gris amazónico

Elainea [sic] cinerea


, 1868,

Marabitanas, Rio Negro, Brazil


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. caniceps (and M. parambae), but differs in its blue-grey vs olive-grey upperparts in male (2); broader and whiter wing edging (2); brighter green mantle and back in female (1); shorter wings and tail (effect size for tail −2.63; score 2); longer bill (effect size 1.01; score 1); song with fast concluding pace (2) and greater number of notes (2)#R. Possible hybrid zone in N Bolivia and adjacent area of Brazil, where birds appear to show some affinities to caniceps#R. Monotypic.

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E Colombia E through S Venezuela (Bolívar, Amazonas) to SW Guyana and French Guiana, and S through E Ecuador, E Peru and Amazonian Brazil to N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

12–12·7 cm; 10·7 g. Sexually dimorphic elaenia, almost crestless, with small, often-concealed white coronal patch (yellow in female); eyes dark brown, bill black, tarsi dark... read more


Song is a high, fast series of penetrating whistles, e.g. “e-e-p-p-p-pepepepe … pepepepupupupupu” (... read more


Tropical lowland evergreen forest and borders of humid forest, both terra firme and ... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences from M. caniceps and M. parambae.


Apparently nothing known.


Probable migrant recorded in extreme NW Venezuela (Zulia) and species might only be a winter... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally thought to be uncommon, with for example rather few records in Venezuela, but like formerly conspecific M. caniceps... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Amazonian Grey Elaenia (Myiopagis cinerea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 February 2020).