Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Lemon-chested Greenlet (Hylophilus griseiventris)


French: Viréon à ventre gris German: Gelbbrustvireo Spanish: Verdillo pechilimón

Hylophilus thoracicus griseiventris

Berlepsch and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1902,

Suapure, Río Caura, Venezuela


Usually treated as conspecific with H. thoracicus, but differs in its yellowish-flesh vs dull grey bill and legs (2); greyish-white vs white belly (1); greenish-yellow vs whitish-grey head sides (ns[1]); pure grey vs greyish-olive-brown crown (1); tail significantly shorter (mean of 3 males, 2 females and 5 unsexed 43.2 mm vs 3 males and 3 unsexed thoracicus 54.3; allow 2); lower maximum frequency in song (generally 3200–3900 Hz vs 3700–4600 Hz; score 1)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. g. aemulus (Hellmayr, 1920) – SE Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia.
  • H. g. griseiventris Berlepsch & E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – E Venezuela (Bolívar), the Guianas and N Brazil (S to upper R Purus in W and to R Amazon in E).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–12·5 cm; 11–13·8 g. For differences from formerly conspecific H. thoracicus see Taxonomy. Rear crown and nape grey, contrasting with bright olive-green upperparts... read more


    Song a penetrating series of 6–10 notes, “chew-ew chew-ew chew-ew”, sometimes becoming louder at... read more


    Humid forest and tall second growth; in S Venezuela and E Ecuador, only in terra firme... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded food in Suriname beetles (Coleoptera), spiders (Araneae) and caterpillars; stomach contents of one individual from Peru listed as... read more


    No information.


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Not well known; appears to be generally rather uncommon to rare over much of its range, sometimes fairly common locally. Known from... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Lemon-chested Greenlet (Hylophilus griseiventris). 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 25 May 2019).