Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-crowned Elaenia (Myiopagis flavivertex)


French: Élénie à couronne d’or German: Goldscheitel-Olivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío coroniamarillo

Elainea [sic] flavivertex

P. L. Sclater

, 1887,

near Cachiboya, upper Ucayali, Peru


Probably most closely related to M. viridicata. Monotypic.


Very locally in NE & S Venezuela (NE Monagas S to Delta Amacuro, Amazonas), the Guianas, extreme E Colombia (NE Guainía)#R, NE Ecuador (Sucumbíos, N Orellana), NE Peru (E Loreto, Ucayali) and C Brazil along middle Amazon Basin (Amazonas E to Pará and Amapá, S along R Madeira to N Rondônia).

Descriptive notes

12·5–13 cm; 12 g. Has dark brownish-olive crown, large bright yellow coronal patch (semi-concealed); indistinct whitish loral spot and supercilium; upperparts olive;... read more


Distinctive, loud “jéw, jee-jee-jew” or “wééché­ché-e-e-e”, sometimes in faster, longer series... read more


Lower and middle growth of várzea and flooded, swampy forest, sometimes in flooded forest... read more

Food and feeding

Insects recorded. Found singly or as loosely associated pair; rarely with mixed-species flocks. Perches upright, remains relatively still... read more


No information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; not well known, but overlooked unless voice known. Generally very localized in occurrence; e.g. in Ecuador, found... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2020). Yellow-crowned Elaenia (Myiopagis flavivertex). 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 January 2020).