Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Scrub Greenlet (Hylophilus flavipes)


French: Viréon à pattes claires German: Buschvireo Spanish: Verdillo paticlaro

Hylophilus flavipes


, 1845,



Hitherto considered conspecific with H. viridiflavus and H. insularis; genetic data#R suggest that these three are sister to H. semicinereus. In past, sometimes treated as conspecific with H. olivaceus. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. f. flavipes Lafresnaye, 1845 – N & C Colombia (Caribbean coast E to Santa Marta, and S in Magdalena Valley to Huila).
  • H. f. melleus Wetmore, 1941 – extreme N Colombia (Macuira Mts, at E tip of Guajira Peninsula).
  • H. f. galbanus Wetmore & Phelps, Jr, 1956 – N & E Colombia (E Santa Marta and R Ranchería Valley E through Guajira Peninsula except E tip, and E Andes through Arauca and Casanare to NW Meta) and NW Venezuela (W Zulia, Táchira, N Mérida, Barinas, Portuguesa).
  • H. f. acuticaudus Lawrence, 1865 – N Venezuela (E Zulia E to Sucre, S to Apure and SE Bolívar; also Margarita I).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·4–12 cm; 12–14 g (nominate), 9·8–11·5 g (acuticaudus). Nominate race is dull olive-green above, slightly brighter on rump;... read more


    Song (in Venezuela) a penetrating series of 4–20 notes, “turee, turee, turee”.... read more


    Arid scrub and lighter woodland, dry to moist forest (deciduous to semi-deciduous), gallery forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet apparently mostly arthropods. Forages usually 2–8 m up in vegetation; feeds in slower, more vireo-like manner than other... read more


    Almost no information, but birds in breeding condition in Mar–May in N Colombia and Oct in E Colombia; juvenile with brood patch in... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Often described as common or abundant. Adaptable; frequently occurs in highly modified or regenerating habitats.

    Recommended citation

    Brewer, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Scrub Greenlet (Hylophilus flavipes). 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 24 April 2019).