Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Grey-chested Greenlet (Hylophilus semicinereus)


French: Viréon à gorge grise German: Graubrustvireo Spanish: Verdillo pechigrís

Hylophilus semicinereus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1867,

Belém, Pará, Brazil


Sister to H. flavipes (with viridiflavus and insularis), based on genetic data#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. s. viridiceps (Todd, 1929) – S Venezuela (Amazonas and C & S Bolívar), E French Guiana, and N Brazil S to R Solimões and R Amazon (possibly also to Borba, on lower R Madeira), probably also E Colombia (E Vichada and E Guainía).
  • H. s. juruanus Gyldenstolpe, 1941 – NW Brazil S of R Solimões (region of upper R Juruá and R Purus) and NE Peru.
  • H. s. semicinereus P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1867 – N Brazil S of lower R Amazon (from Pará and Maranhão, possibly from R Madeira, S to N Mato Grosso and W Tocantins#R) and extreme NE Bolivia.
  • Individual of undetermined race recorded C Colombia (W Meta).

    Descriptive notes

    12 cm; one bird 13 g. Nominate race has forehead greyish-green, becoming duller on rear of head; lores and side of face buffy, more grey-buff on ear-coverts; upperparts... read more


    Song a slightly downslurred "peer" note repeated at rate of about one per second, 20... read more


    Canopy of second-growth woodland, humid forest, scrubby várzea, and permanently... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food small insects. Forages in canopy and vines, staying mostly in outer foliage, often hanging upside-down to glean from leaves. Often in... read more


    No information.


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon and local in Venezuela; fairly common to common in other parts of range. Common but localized in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, in Peru.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. (2019). Grey-chested Greenlet (Hylophilus semicinereus). 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).