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Subspecies intensa
Photo by Stanley Jones
Amazonas, Peru, January 2017
Elaenia pallatangae


14–14·5 cm (5½-5¾ in)

  • Narrow white coronal stripe
  • Olive upperparts
  • Darker olive-grey wings
  • Yellow eye-ring
  • Two yellowish to wing bars which are strongly diminished in worn plumage
    • Edges of flight feathers yellowish, edges of tertials white.
  • Pale grey throat
  • Yellowish-olive underparts


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia.


Tepui Elaenia has been split from Sierran Elaenia


Three subspecies recognized[1]:

  • Sierran Elaenia - Elaenia pallatangae:
  • E. p. pallatangae in the Andes of southern Colombia and Ecuador
  • E. p. intensa in the Andes of Peru
  • E. p. exsul in the Andes of Bolivia


Montane forest edges; clearings with shrubs, brush pastures. Observed at heights around 2,092 m.



Their diet consists of insects and fruit, particularly mistletoe.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill F, D Donsker & P Rasmussen (Eds). 2021. IOC World Bird List (v11.1). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)
  5. Neotropical Birds
  6. BF Member observations
  7. Hosner, P. and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Sierran Elaenia (Elaenia pallatangae), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.sieela3.01

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