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Elaenia frantzii pudica (Mountain Elaenia / Elaenia montañera) | by PriscillaBurcher
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Elaenia frantzii pudica (Mountain Elaenia / Elaenia montañera)

La Ceja, Colombia; 2.300 meters above sea level.


The mountain elaenia (Elaenia frantzii) is a small passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family. It breeds in highlands from Guatemala to Colombia and western Venezuela. The scientific name celebrates the German physician and naturalist, Alexander von Frantzius.


Subspecies "E. f. pudica" – Sclater, PL, 1871 is found in northern and eastern Colombia, northern and western Venezuela.


The mountain elaenia breeds between 1,200 and 2,900 m (3,900 and 9,500 ft) in altitude in wet mountain forests.


It perches on a shaded watchpoint from which it sallies forth to pick insects, spiders, and many berries and seeds from foliage or even the ground.

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Taken on December 17, 2014