Lemon chested Greenlet (Hylophilus thoracicus)

Lemon-chested Greenlet

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Vireonidae | [latin] Hylophilus thoracicus | [UK] Lemon-chested Greenlet | [FR] Vireon a plastron | [DE] Gelbbrustvireo | [ES] Vireillo de Pecho Limon | [IT] Vireo verdino pettogiallo | [NL] Geelborstvireo


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Hylophilus thoracicus SA c, se
Hylophilus thoracicus aemulus
Hylophilus thoracicus griseiventris
Hylophilus thoracicus thoracicus

Physical charateristics

The two striking features of this bird are its white to pale yellow iris and the broad yellow-olive band across its chest. It is bright olive above with a grey nape and chin. The bill is pinkish brown and the legs are pinkish grey.

Listen to the sound of Lemon-chested Greenlet

[audio:http://www.aviflevoland.nl/sounddb/L/Lemon-chested Greenlet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 12 cm size max.: 13 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The Lemon-chested Greenlet is found in south-east Venezuela, the Guianas, along the Amazon River and into Amazonian Peru and Bolivia. There is a disjunct population in south-east Brazil from southern Bahia to Rio de Janeiro.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and heavily degraded former forest. It is found in humid forest and forest edges although the disjunct population in south-east Brazil can also be found in more scrubby habitats.


Builds a cup-shaped nest that hangs from a forked tree branch. Both parents incubate the two eggs and care for the young.

Feeding habits

An extremely active forager for insects and other invertebrates, gleaned from foliage, flowers, and limbs; also eats small fruits. Occurs in mixed-species foraging flocks.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 2,700,000 km

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *