Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Choco Grey Elaenia (Myiopagis parambae)


French: Élénie du Choco German: Chocóolivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío gris del Chocó

Serpophaga parambæ


, 1904,

Hacienda Paramba, 3500 feet [c. 1065 m], Imbabura, Ecuador


Hitherto considered conspecific with M. caniceps (and M. cinerea), but differs in its white vs yellow crown patch (3); slightly smaller size but notably smaller bill (small sample but allow 2); trill-song with many fewer notes (3), all notes more spaced but particularly the first 2–3 (2)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. p. absita (Wetmore, 1963) – C & E Panama (C Colón, E Darién).
  • M. p. parambae (Hellmayr, 1904) – Chocó region of W Colombia and NW Ecuador (S to SW Pichincha).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–13 cm. Sexually dimorphic elaenia. Male has crown and hindneck deep grey, with partially concealed white coronal patch, narrow greyish-white line on lores and around eyes... read more


    Song fundamentally similar to that of both M. caniceps and M. cinerea, but has... read more


    Canopy of dry to humid forest and its edges, rarely lower from around sea-level to 1000 m, but... read more

    Food and feeding

    Perch-gleans foliage. Observed alone or in pairs, frequently joining mixed-species flocks.


    Nothing known.


    None recorded, but in Anchicayá Valley, SW Colombia, species was only detected in May, Oct and Dec.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered rare and local in Panama, where known from Darién National Park. Comparatively few records in W Colombia, but species is... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Choco Grey Elaenia (Myiopagis parambae). 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 8 December 2019).