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From the Field: Scrub Greenlet

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

Scrub Greenlet (Hylophilus flavipes) is found in southernmost Central America and across northern South America, as well as on the island of Tobago.

Scrub greenlets feed on insects and spiders taken from the upper and middle levels of tree foliage, usually 2–8 m up in vegetation; feeds in slower, more vireo-like manner.

The Scrub Greenlet is a generally common inhabitant of arid scrub and lighter woodland, dry to moist forest , from sea level to approximately 900 m.


Brewer, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Scrub Greenlet (Hylophilus flavipes). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 July 2017).

Scrub Greenlet (Hylophilus flavipes), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

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