French: Élénie écaillée German: Schuppenolivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío gigante
Elainea [sic] gigas
P. L. Sclater, 1871,
Río Napo, Ecuador.
E base of Andes from S Colombia (S from W Meta) S to W Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
18 cm. Large elaenia with prominent bifurcated crest and large white coronal patch, often looks “horned”. Plumage is otherwise olive-brown above, faint whitish eyering; paler... read more
Frequent calls a martin-like “direet” and a shrill “pert-chéér”; dawn song “wurdit” or “purdip”,... read more
Successional forest habitats in tropical to upper tropical zones, including riparian growth and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and small fruits. Perches upright, often on exposed branches, distinctive crest almost always raised; usually appears conspicuous,... read more
Birds with enlarged gonads in Oct–Nov. A nest in Ecuador had two nestlings in Oct; nest was 13 m above ground in the canopy of a 15-m... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to locally fairly common. Occurs in Tinigua National Park, in Colombia, Podocarpus National Park and Kapawi and Yuturi Lodges,... read more
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