Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)  
Genus: Elaenia (14 species, 21 worldwide)

White-crested Elaenia
White-crested Elaenia (Elaenia albiceps griseigularis)
south, Ecuador  
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.

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Coopmans's Elaenia (Elaenia brachyptera)

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Lesser Elaenia (Elaenia chiriquensis)

Very similar to the Yellow-bellied Elaenia, but a bit smaller, a bit less yellow, and less crested. Vocal differences of course.

Plain-crested Elaenia
Plain-crested Elaenia (Elaenia cristata)
Gran Sabana, Bolívar state, Venezuela
  Note dark triangular-shaped crest and savanna habitat.
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Yellow-bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster flavogaster)
Copacabana, Antioquia, Colombia
  Although less yellow than others, this bird is showing a larger crest than seen on Lesser Eleania.

Mountain Elaenia
Mountain Elaenia (Elaenia frantzii pudica)
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
  Note lack of crest.

Mottle-backed Elaenia
Mottle-backed Elaenia (Elaenia gigas)
Cabañas Yankuam, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador
  Double-crest makes it easy to identify.
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Caribbean Elaenia
Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica cinerescens)
Botanical Gardens, Isla San Andres, Colombia
  Found on Isla San Andres, often around fruit.

Sierran Elaenia
Sierran Elaenia (Elaenia pallatangae pallatangae)
Sibundoy, Colombia  

Small-billed Elaenia
Small-billed Elaenia (Elaenia parvirostris)
Lagunas de Yala, Yala, Argentina  

Brownish Elaenia
Brownish Elaenia (Elaenia pelzelni)
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia
  Note red bill with black tip, prominent eye-ring, and lack of visible crest. Found in semi-open areas along the big Amazon rivers.

Rufous-crowned Elaenia
Rufous-crowned Elaenia (Elaenia ruficeps)
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia
  Specialist in dry sandy scrub.

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Large Elaenia (Elaenia spectabilis)

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Slaty Elaenia (Elaenia strepera)

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