Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Small Jamaican Elaenia (Myiopagis cotta)


Taxonomy

French: Élénie de Jamaïque German: Weißkehl-Olivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío jamaicano
Other common names: Jamaican Elaenia
Taxonomy:

Elania [sic] cotta

Gosse

, 1849,

Jamaica

.

Closely related to M. viridicata, and sometimes considered conspecific. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Jamaica.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 11·5–13 g. Plumage is greenish-olive above, crown slightly darker and with feathers slightly elongated, concealing bright orange-yellow coronal patch;... read more

Voice

Rapid, high-pitched “ti-si-si-sip”.

Habitat

Open woodland, forest edge, second-growth forest, scrubland, shade coffee plantations, and dry... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; rarely, fruits. Forages from understorey to canopy, but typically 4–8 m above ground. Sallies from perch, gleans items from... read more

Breeding

Mar–Jun. Nest a well-formed cup of plant materials, hidden in foliage. Clutch 3 eggs; no information on incubation and fledging... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA. Uncommon but widespread. In Jamaica, 75% of original forest cover has already been... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Small Jamaican Elaenia (Myiopagis cotta). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57139 on 23 April 2019).