French: Élénie verdâtre German: Grünolivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío verdoso
Subspecies and Distribution
M. v. jaliscensis
Nelson, 1900 – W Mexico (S Durango and Nayarit S to Guerrero and S Oaxaca).
M. v. minima
Nelson, 1898 – West Mexico Elaenia – Tres Marías Is, off Nayarit (Mexico).
M. v. placens
(P. L. Sclater, 1859) – E Mexico (Tamaulipas S to Yucatán Peninsula, and Cozumel I), Belize, Caribbean slope of Guatemala and Honduras.
M. v. pacifica
(Brodkorb, 1943) – Pacific slope from S Mexico (Chiapas) S to S Honduras.
M. v. accola
Bangs, 1902 – Nicaragua S to NW & N Colombia and NW Venezuela (N Táchira).
M. v. pallens
Bangs, 1902 – N & C Colombia (Santa Marta region and Cauca and Magdalena Valleys).
M. v. zuliae
J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1955 – foothills of Sierra de Perijá on Colombia–Venezuela border.
M. v. restricta
Todd, 1952 – coastal mountains and lowlands of Venezuela (E of Andes, N of Amazon Basin), also Guyana.
M. v. implacens
(P. L. Sclater, 1862) – SW Colombia (Nariño), W Ecuador (S to Loja) and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes).
M. v. viridicata
(Vieillot, 1817) – Greenish Elaenia – SE Peru, N & E Bolivia, C, E & SE Brazil, Paraguay, NW & NE Argentina (S to Tucumán, Formosa and Corrientes) and Uruguay#R.
13·5 cm; 11·8–14 g. Male nominate race is greenish olive above, crown faintly tinged greyish, feathers slightly elongated, yellow to yellow-orange coronal... read more
High-pitched, rather weakly slurred, buzzy or reedy, descending disyllabic call, “sleeeryip” or “... read more
Humid tropical evergreen forest regions, but prefers lighter growth, especially near streams and... read more
Food and feeding
Various insects; wide variety of small berries, fruits and arillate seeds also regularly eaten. Forages singly, or as widely separated pair... read more
Apr–Jun in Middle America, Oct–Mar in Brazil, three nests Dec–Jan in Argentina. Nest built by female, guarded by male, a... read more
Mainly resident; some winter stragglers occur on offshore and Caribbean islands, and recorded once... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common; often overlooked. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its range, from Middle America S to... read more
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