Dusky-capped Greenlet (Hylophilus hypoxanthus)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Vireonidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Para, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Rio Branco, Acre-Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Rio Branco, Acre-Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso

Identification & Behavior: ~12 cm (4.7 in). The Dusky-capped Greenlet has a dusky brown cap and mantle with olive rest of the upperparts. The throat and breast are grayish grading to yellowish towards the rest of the underparts. The iris is dark. The bill is brown. It forages in the canopy and sub-canopy of Amazonian forests nearly always with mixed species flocks. It is similar to the Gray-chested Greenlet but is distinguished by having a yellowish belly, dusky brown cap and mantle, and dark iris. Also, see Lemon-chested Greenlet.

Status: The Dusky-capped Greenlet is fairly common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1100 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Verdillo de Gorro Oscuro.

Sub-species: Dusky-capped Greenlet (Hylophilus hypoxanthus fuscicapillus), P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1880.  E Ecuador and N Peru (S to R Marañón).
(Hylophilus hypoxanthus flaviventris), Cabanis, 1873.  C Peru from San Martín (possibly from NC Loreto) S to Ayacucho.
(Hylophilus hypoxanthus ictericus), J. Bond, 1953.  W Brazil (upper R Juruá), extreme SE Peru (Puno) and N Bolivia (La Paz, Beni and Cochabamba).

Meaning of Name: Hylophilus: Gr. hule= woodland, forest and philos= lover. hypoxanthus: Gr. hupo= beneath; xanthos= yellow.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.