Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Slaty Elaenia (Elaenia strepera)


French: Élénie bruyante German: Schieferolivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío plomizo

Elaïnea [sic] strepera


, 1883,

foothills of Tucumán, Argentina




E slope of Andes in S Bolivia (S from W Santa Cruz) and NW Argentina (S to La Rioja); winters in lowlands N to N Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

15·5 cm; 18–20 g. Small elaenia with grey plumage, rounded head only slightly crested, tail comparatively long. Male has slate-grey head, slightly paler on cheek... read more


Distinctive call a dry, gravelly “eh-eh-ehhhhhh”, unlike that of congeners, more like a... read more


Woodland and forest borders, often along streams at middle elevations, 500–2000 m in breeding... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, also berries. Generally inconspicuous, often remains in dense foliage, although sometimes sits erect and quietly on open branches... read more


Oct–Feb. Nest a cup 15 cm in diameter, 3·5 cm in height, of small twigs and leaves, built c. 5 m above ground in crotch of branch.... read more


Long-distance migrant; spends non-breeding season in N South America, recorded Mar–Sept in N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Argentine and South Bolivian Yungas EBA. Locally common. Common in El Rey National Park, in Argentina. During... read more

Recommended citation

Hosner, P. (2019). Slaty Elaenia (Elaenia strepera). 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 7 December 2019).