Highland elaenia

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Highland elaenia
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Highland elaenia at Serra do Mar State Park, São Luiz do Paraitinga, São Paulo state, Brazil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Elaenia
Species: E. obscura
Binomial name
Elaenia obscura
(D'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837)

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The highland elaenia (Elaenia obscura) is a species of bird in the family Tyrannidae, the tyrant flycatchers. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest.


Twosubspecies are currently recognized. These subspecies exhibit deep genetic divergence and are likely candidates for future species splits:[2]

  • E. o. sordidaZimmer, 1941: found in southeastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and northeastern Argentina
  • E. o. obscura(D'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837): found in se Ecuador to Bolivia and northwestern Argentina


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