Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Elaenia flavogaster
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Tyranni
Infraorder: Tyrannides
Parvorder: Tyrannida
Family: Tyrannidae
Tribe: Elaeniini
Genus: Elaenia
Sundevall, 1836

Elaenia is a genus of passerine birds in the tyrant flycatcher family which occur in Central and South America. Except by voice, specific identification is often difficult since many species are very similar.

Elaenia flycatchers are typically brownish, greyish or olive above, and off-white and/or pale yellow on the belly, with a white or pale yellowish eye-ring of variable strength and two or three wing bars. Some species show a crest; often with a semi-concealed white patch/streak.


See also

  • Myiopagis, the Myiopagis "Elaenias", of the tyrant flycatchers


  • Stiles, F. Gary & Skutch, Alexander Frank (1989): A guide to the birds of Costa Rica. Comistock, Ithaca. ISBN 0-8014-9600-4

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