Brown-headed Greenlet (Hylophilus brunneiceps)
Brown-headed Greenlet, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004 - click on image for a larger view São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil

The Brown-headed Greenlet is distributed in the region of the upper rio Negro covering north-west Brazil, southern Venezuela and south-east Colombia. It seems to be restricted to sandy-soil forest in blackwater areas.

It has a brownish crown and nape with a greyish underparts. It looks very similar to Dusky-capped Greenlet H. hypoxanthus but that species has pale yellow underparts. The bill is dark above and pinkish-yellow below. The eye colour is a bit confusing since Hilty in "Birds of Venezuela" says "eyes gray to whitish (or reddish brown in juv.?)" while in "Birds of Colombia" he says, "eyes dark".

This bird was in a mixed flock and was foraging for insects in the low forest edges about 3 metres off the ground.

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