Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Grey-eyed Greenlet (Hylophilus amaurocephalus)


French: Viréon aux yeux gris German: Grauaugenvireo Spanish: Verdillo ojigrís

Sylvia amaurocephala


, 1835,

boundary of Bahia and Minas Gerais, Brazil


Formerly treated as conspecific with H. poicilotis (see below). Monotypic.


NE Brazil, from Piauí and Ceará S through Bahia and Minas Gerais to São Paulo; also, apparently disjunctly, in SW Mato Grosso do Sul and Bolivia (Beni).

Descriptive notes

12·5–13 cm. Forehead and crown are chestnut-brown, ear-coverts and area around and below eye mottled grey-white; distinct pale greyish superciliary line; nape and upper... read more


Song of several syllables repeated, "tooweeder, tooweeder…", quite distinct from... read more


Caatinga woodland, forest edge, scrub and bushy pastures.

Food and feeding

Observed food items arthropods, also considerable quantities of vegetable matter, including fruit of Struthanthus concinnus. Seen... read more


Nest-building observed on 1st Jan, and newly fledged young at different location on 21st Jan. One nest described, a thin cup of green moss... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Adaptable; occurs in substantially modified habitats (more so than H. poicilotis), including regenerating pastures and... read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2018). Grey-eyed Greenlet (Hylophilus amaurocephalus). 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 March 2018).