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Subspecies trinitatisPhoto by Mark HarperAsa Wright, Trinidad, May 2011
Subspecies trinitatis
Photo by Mark Harper
Asa Wright, Trinidad, May 2011
Myiopagis gaimardii


[edit] Identification

12–12·5 cm (4¾-5 in)
A mostly olive and grey bird with a partially concealed crown stripe.

[edit] Variations

Subspecies trinitatisPhoto by rkaLalaja, Trinidad, February 2018
Subspecies trinitatis
Photo by rka
Lalaja, Trinidad, February 2018

In some subspecies has yellow crown stripe and wing bars, in others the same areas are white.

[edit] Distribution

Northern South America: found in Panama, Colombia, Trinidad, Venezuela, The Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • M. g. macilvainii:
  • M. g. trinitatis:
  • M. g. bogotensis:
  • M. g. guianensis:
  • M. g. gaimardii (subcinerea):

[edit] Habitat

Forests, second growth and edge, mostly humid, in lowlands and sometimes foothills

[edit] Behaviour

Mainly found high in canopy. Tends to sit more horizontal than most similar birds.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of insects, berries and small fruit. Sometimes in mixed flocks.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  3. Kenefick, Restall, Hayes, 2007. Field guide to the birds of Trinidad and Tobago. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-13557-2
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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