Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Hispaniolan Elaenia (Elaenia cherriei)


French: Élénie d’Hispaniola German: Hispaniolaolivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío canoso de La Española

Elainea [sic] cherriei


, 1895,

Catare, Santo Domingo


Until recently treated as conspecific with E. fallax, but split on molecular evidence#R#R. Differs in its mostly or entirely black lower mandible (obviously pinkish in fallax) (2); pale stone-grey vs yellowish-grey breast and white vs pale yellowish-white belly (1); no match between presumed calls (3) or song (3) in small online sample, plus evidence of not responding to fallax playback. Monotypic.

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Descriptive notes

14·5–16 cm; 13·4–15·2 g. Small, rather chunky and generally nondescript tyrannid. Head and upperparts greyish olive, faintly streaked grey over neck and breast, and... read more


A fast descending series of c. 15 notes, e.g. “whee-ee-ee-ee-ee”, is either the song or agitated... read more


Primarily recorded in pine (Pinus) forest, including recently disturbed areas, but also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet fruit and insects, but no specific details. Sallies from perch to snatch prey from surface of leaves or small branches. Regularly... read more


Season May–Jul, probably from late Apr given eggs hatching 12 May in Haiti. Constructs bulky cup nest of moss heavily lined with feathers,... read more


Generally considered to be resident, but has been recorded as a vagrant on Mona I and Caicos Is.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Locally common. Haiti is one of the world’s most environmentally degraded... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Hispaniolan Elaenia (Elaenia cherriei). 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 12 December 2019).