Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-naped Greenlet (Pachysylvia semibrunnea)


French: Viréon à nuque rousse German: Rostnackenvireo Spanish: Verdillo nuquirrufo

H[ylophilus]. semi-brunneus


, 1845,



Sister-species of P. aurantiifrons (which see). Monotypic.


Sierra de Perijá (on NW Venezuela–N Colombia border), all three Andean ranges of Colombia and E slope of Andes in N Ecuador (S to Napo and Pastaza).

Descriptive notes

12·5–13 cm; 10·2–12·6 g. Crown, nape and posterior ear-coverts dark ­rufous-brown, becoming contrastingly olive-green on back, upperwing and tail; primaries,... read more


Song described as a fast series of notes, "wa-chee-ra-dit-it", rising in pitch.


Humid montane forest and second growth, mostly at 1000–2100 m; as low as 450 m in Venezuela. read more

Food and feeding

No recorded data on diet. Forages actively in outer foliage, from middle levels to just under canopy. Singly, in pairs and in family groups... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Mar–Jul in Sierra de Perijá and C Andes; recently fledged young in Mar in W Andes. No other... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally rather uncommon and local. Range includes several reserves and protected areas, e.g. Sierra de Perijá National Park, in Venezuela. read more

Recommended citation

Brewer, D. (2019). Rufous-naped Greenlet (Pachysylvia semibrunnea). 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 21 August 2019).