Sierran elaenia

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Sierran elaenia
Sierran Elaenia - South Ecuador.jpg
In Ecuador
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Elaenia
Species: E. pallatangae
Binomial name
Elaenia pallatangae
Sclater, 1862

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  • Elainea olivina

The sierran elaenia (Elaenia pallatangae) is a species of bird in the family Tyrannidae.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forest.


Five subspecies are currently recognized:[2]

  • E. p. pallatangaeSclater, 1862: found in Colombia and Ecuador
  • E. p. intensaZimmer, 1941: found in Peru
  • E. p. exsulTodd, 1952: found in Bolivia
  • E. p. olivinaSalvin & Godman, 1884: found in the tepuis of southeastern Venezuela and Guyana
  • E. p. davidwillardiDickerman & Phelps Jr, 1987: found in the tepuis of southern Venezuela

Due to the recently discovered genetic divergence of both E. p. olivina and E. p. davidwillardi from the nominate subspecies, some authorities now consider them to be a separate species, the tepui elaenia.