Ashy headed Greenlet (Hylophilus pectoralis)

Ashy-headed Greenlet

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Vireonidae | [latin] Hylophilus pectoralis | [UK] Ashy-headed Greenlet | [FR] Vireon a tete cendree | [DE] Aschkopfvireo | [ES] Vireillo de Cabeza Ceniza | [IT] Vireo verdino testagrigia | [NL] Grijskopvireo


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

The Ashy-headed Greenlet is noted for its dark red iris, its grey head and nape and the dull yellow on its breast.

Listen to the sound of Ashy-headed Greenlet

[audio: Greenlet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela


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


The nest is an open shallow cup woven in the fork of tree twigs. Clutch size 2 eggs incubated by both parents. During incubation the male sings and regular shivers his body.

Feeding habits

Forages for insects and berries. Young are fed by regurgitating food.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 2,200,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘common’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Ashy-headed Greenlet status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Ashy-headed Greenlet range map


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