Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Brown-headed Greenlet (Hylophilus brunneiceps)


French: Viréon brunâtre German: Braunkopfvireo Spanish: Verdillo cabecicastaño

Hylophilus brunneiceps

P. L. Sclater

, 1866,

Ypanema, central Brazil; error = Rio Uaupés, Amazonas, north Brazil


Formerly considered to include race inornata of Pachysylvia hypoxantha#R. Monotypic.


S Venezuela (Amazonas and Bolívar), E Colombia (E Vichada, Guainía and Vaupés) and NW Brazil (R Negro drainage in N Amazonas and Roraima, E to W bank of R Negro near Manaus).

Descriptive notes

11·4–11·5 cm; 8–11·5 g. Crown is brown or dull sepia with faint yellowish wash, contrasting with olive-green upperparts; primaries and secondaries dark greyish,... read more


Territorial song a loud, slow "seeeeearn, seeeeearn", each note inflected downwards, at... read more


Savanna woodland, scrubby low-canopy forest on sandy soil, blackwater areas, and borders of tall... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded food items insects and caterpillars. Forages actively, 5–12 m up, in leafy areas. Hangs upside-down to forage from tips of... read more


No information.


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known; appears to be fairly uncommon to uncommon in much of range.

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2020). Brown-headed Greenlet (Hylophilus brunneiceps). 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 27 February 2020).