Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Buff-cheeked Greenlet (Pachysylvia muscicapina)


French: Viréon fardé German: Braunwangenvireo Spanish: Verdillo atrapamoscas

Hylophilus muscicapinus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1873,

St Louis d’Oyapok, French Guiana


Possible vocal differences between races require investigation. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. muscicapina (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1873) – S & E Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas, and N Brazil (S to N bank of R Amazon).
  • P. m. griseifrons E. Snethlage, 1907 – Brazil S of R Amazon (from R Madeira E to R Tapajós, S to Mato Grosso and S Goiás) and extreme NE Bolivia (Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–12 cm; 9·5–13·5 g. Nominate race has dull buffy supercilium, dull buffy-brown side of face, with blackish-grey mottling on ear-coverts; forehead grey-brown,... read more


    Song a loud, snappy "whitchy-ta-whééu", reminiscent of that of a New World... read more


    Canopy and middle levels of humid forest, both terra firme and várzea;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded food items in Suriname insects (Orthoptera) and spiders (Araneae). Forages in outer foliage, sometimes hanging upside-down. Found... read more


    Peak singing in Venezuela (Bolívar) Dec–May, presumably indicating breeding activity at that time. No other information.


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in parts of its range; common in Venezuela. Easily overlooked.

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. (2019). Buff-cheeked Greenlet (Pachysylvia muscicapina). 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 19 May 2019).