Lesser Elaenia (Elaenia chiriquensis)
Lesser Elaenia, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image Carajás, Pará, Brazil
October 2005

Lesser Elaenia is distributed from Costa Rica through Panama to tropical South America but seems to be absent from the Pacific coast, the north-east of Brazil and much of south-western Amazonia.

It is found in open grassy areas and cerrado. This photo was taken in the "canga" of Carajás which is a habitat very similar to cerrado. Like most Lesser Elaenias, this bird was identified by voice. Lesser Elaenia is easily confused since it has no obvious fieldmark. It is slightly crested and sometimes shows a white crown. It has a narrow white eye-ring and 2 whitish wing-bars.
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