Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Ashy-headed Greenlet (Hylophilus pectoralis)


French: Viréon à tête cendrée German: Aschkopfvireo Spanish: Verdillo cabecigrís

Hylophilus pectoralis

P. L. Sclater

, 1866,

Vila Beda de Mato Grosso, Rio Guaporé, Brazil


Sister to H. olivaceus#R. Monotypic.


NE Venezuela (Delta Amacuro), Guyana, N Suriname, N French Guiana, N & C Brazil (E Amapá and lower R Amazon E to Maranhão, S to Rondônia, Mato Grosso do Sul, NW São Paulo and Goiás) and N & E Bolivia; a disjunct population in NE Peru (San Martín)#R.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; male 10·3–12·4 g, female 10·6–11·8 g. Forehead, crown and nape are dull grey, supercilium dull greyish-white, ear-coverts greyish; upperparts, including... read more


Song a persistent, rapidly delivered "peeer-peeer-peeer-pre-e-e-e-e", the latter part a... read more


Deciduous forest, second growth, plantations, gardens, edges of mangrove forest; sea-level to 400 m. read more

Food and feeding

Food, identified from Suriname specimens, mostly insects: Lepidoptera larvae, Orthoptera, beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae), bugs (... read more


Season extended, in Suriname nest with eggs in early Jan and newly fledged young in mid-Sept. Nest built by both sexes, an open cup woven... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common or abundant in some parts of range, e.g. Suriname. Only one record in Venezuela, a specimen from S part of Delta Amacuro (near... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. & de Juana, E. (2018). Ashy-headed Greenlet (Hylophilus pectoralis). 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 24 March 2018).