French: Élénie siffleuse German: Weißkinn-Olivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío caribeño
Subspecies and Distribution
E. m. remota
Berlepsch, 1907 – islands off Quintana Roo (Cozumel, Holbox, Meco, Mujeres, Culebra Cay), in SE Mexico.
E. m. chinchorrensis
Griscom, 1926 – Chinchorro Bank (Great Cay), off Quintana Roo (SE Mexico), and outermost cays off Belize (Half-moon Cay, Middle Cay, Glover’s Reef).
E. m. cinerescens
Ridgway, 1884 – Chinchorro Elaenia – islands of Old Providence, St Andrew’s and Santa Catalina, E of Honduras.
E. m. caymanensis
Berlepsch, 1907 – Cayman Is.
E. m. riisii
P. L. Sclater, 1860 – Puerto Rico and offshore islands (Culebra, Culebrita, Vieques, Southwest Cay), Virgin Is, Anguilla, St Martin, St Bartholomew, Antigua, Barbuda, Leeward Antilles (Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire).
E. m. martinica
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Caribbean Elaenia – Lesser Antilles from Saba and St Eustatius S to Grenada.
E. m. barbadensis
Cory, 1888 – Barbados.
c. 16–18 cm; 19·5–23 g (nominate), 23–24·5 g (cinerescens), 18·5–28·5 g (caymanensis), 18·3... read more
Call a sharply whistled, sometimes slightly burry “wee-weew” or “wee-wee-weew... read more
Almost ubiquitous on most islands. Most common in canopy and borders of humid lowland evergreen... read more
Food and feeding
Both insects and fruit. Forages alone or in pairs. Often perches at edge of vegetation on semi-exposed perches, but not especially... read more
Jan–Sept. Nest a flimsy shallow cup of twigs, up to 9 m above ground in shrub or tree. Clutch 2–3 eggs, cream-white to cream-... read more
Mainly sedentary; no seasonal movements. Vagrants on mainland and large fluctuations in numbers on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common and widespread; apparently less common in former Netherlands Antilles, where rare on Aruba; rare on Old Providence... read more
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