Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Yellow-bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster) - HBW 9, p. 267

French: Élénie à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauch-Olivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío Ventriamarillo

Taxonomy: P[ipra] flavogaster Thunberg, 1822, presumably Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
May be closely related to E. spectabilis; formerly treated as conspecific, but ranges overlap widely in Brazil, and they have different voices. Birds in SW Colombia appear intermediate between nominate race and semipagana. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • subpagana P. L. Sclater, 1860 - SE Mexico E from S Veracruz and Chiapas (including Mujeres I, off N Quintana Roo) S to Costa Rica, also SW Panama (Coiba I).
  • pallididorsalis Aldrich, 1937 - Panama and adjacent islands (except Coiba I).
  • flavogaster (Thunberg, 1822) - Colombia, Venezuela (including Margarita I and Patos I), Trinidad, Tobago, S Lesser Antilles (the Grenadines, Grenada), the Guianan Shield, Brazil (S, except in W & C Amazonas, to Rio Grande do Sul), SE Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and NE Argentina.
  • semipagana P. L. Sclater, 1861 - extreme SW Colombia, W & S Ecuador (including Puná I) and interior NW Peru.