Yellow-bellied Elaenia Elaenia flavogaster
Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image Brazil and Ecuador

The Yellow-bellied Elaenia is distributed from Mexico to south-east Brazil. See the distribution map at xeno-canto. It is found in a variety of habitats such as woodland, scrub and savannahs but is absent from heavily forested areas.

It does not seem particularly yellow bellied but it usually has its crest erect and often parted in the middle to show a white crown patch. It has two conspicuous whitish wing bars and yellow-white edgings to the wing feathers. Below, the throat is pale grey, the breast a dirty olive and the belly pale yellow.

Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Refugio Paz de las Aves, Pichincha, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image Photos 2 and 3 taken in Ecuador are of the sub-species E. f. semipagana which is paler with a whiter throat, paler belly and shorter bill.
Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Rio Silanche Reserve, Pichincha, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image
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