|Greenish Elaenia (Myiopagis viridicata)
The Greenish Elaenia is found from Colombia and Venezuela south to Paraguay and northern Argentina with a disjunct population on the Pacific coast of Ecuador.
The first two photos were taken on the Ilha São José, Roraima while photos 3 to 5 were taken near Jeremoabo, Bahia
|Since we had found the first bird in Roraima, we had to be particularly careful with the ID since, according to the map in Ridgely & Tudor, this would be a range extension, albeit a smallish one.
Jeremy Minns' notes were: "small - grey head - short beak, base pale, tip darker - short black line behind eye -whitish mark on lores - indistinct half eye ring - olive green above - some yellow on wing bend - no wing bars - tertials edged pale - throat grey - underparts yellow, but dusky on breast and flanks."
|Given that we could not see the semiconcealed yellow crown patch, the key features to the ID were the lack of wing bars and the underparts which are described in Hilty & Brown as: "grayish throat merging into olive gray chest is set off from pale yellow lower breast and belly."
As so often is the case, the ID was clinched by the voice. You can find Jeremy Minns' recording of its call here.
|It is usually found in drier areas and light woodland or clearings. Photos 3 to 5 were taken in some caatinga near Jeremoabo. Note the generally erect posture of the bird.|