Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Sierran Elaenia (Elaenia pallatangae)


French: Élénie de Pallantanga German: Sierraolivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío de Pallatanga

Elainea [sic] pallatangæ

P. L. Sclater

, 1862,

Pallatanga, Chimborazo, Ecuador


Previously considered conspecific with geographically remote E. olivina (which see). May hybridize with race griseigularis of E. albiceps in Ecuador. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. p. pallatangae#R P. L. Sclater, 1862 – W & C Andes of S Colombia (S from Valle and Tolima), Ecuador and NW Peru (S to Cajamarca).
  • E. p. intensa J. T. Zimmer, 1941 – E slope of Andes of Peru (Amazonas to Puno).
  • E. p. exsul Todd, 1952 – E slope of Andes in C Bolivia (Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–14·5 cm; 12·3–17·5 g. Small elaenia with rounded head lacking crest, narrow white coronal stripe usually visible. Nominate race is olive... read more


    Day song a sharp clear, rising-falling “wheeu”, similar to that of E. albiceps... read more


    Humid montane forest edge and shrubby clearings, brushy pastures, stunted montane scrub around... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; fruits, especially of mistletoes (Loranthaceae) and melastomes, eaten extensively, but also Rubus (Rosaceae) and ... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in Jan–Aug in Colombia and May, Oct–Dec in Peru, with fledglings observed Nov (Ecuador) and Jun,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to common. In Ecuador, more abundant in S than in N. Occurs in several protected areas including, e.g., Tambito Nature... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hosner, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Sierran Elaenia (Elaenia pallatangae). 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 8 December 2019).