Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Foothill Elaenia (Myiopagis olallai)


French: Élénie d’avant-monts German: Vorgebirgs-Olivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío submontano

Myiopagis olallai

Coopmans and Krabbe

, 2000,

Río Bambuscaro, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador


Recent molecular study#R found this form nested within M. caniceps when latter considered to include M. cinerea, and established two new races. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. o. coopmansi Cuervo et al., 2014 – C Cordillera of Colombia.
  • M. o. incognita Cuervo et al., 2014 – Sierra de Perijá, Venezuela.
  • M. o. olallai Coopmans & Krabbe, 2000 – locally in E Andes of N & S Ecuador and in SC Peru (Pasco, Junín, N Cuzco); recently recorded in S Colombia#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–12·5 cm; 11–14 g. Has dark pearly grey crown with large white coronal patch (semi-concealed), whitish-mottled lores, eyering and subocular region; upperparts... read more


    Long, harsh trill distinctly rising in pitch, lasting c. 2 seconds, preceded by variable number of... read more


    In and around edge of very humid to wet submontane primary forest, at elevations of 890–1500... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet unknown; probably insects and some berries. All observations relate to pairs accompanying mixed-species flocks at canopy and middle... read more


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    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Recently discovered species. In Ecuador, recorded in Napo and Zamora-Chinchipe, and, more recently, in foothills of W Andean slopes in Sucumbíos (Serran... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Foothill Elaenia (Myiopagis olallai). 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).