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Fio Fio

Elaenia albiceps chilensis


15 cms. Tree Flycatcher and migratory widely distributed in the forested and low environments of the country. Two subspecies in Chile. The chilensis race is the best known. Short, thin beak, gray with base of jaw pale pink to yellowish. Legs grayish to blackish. Head and upper parts dark olive gray. Erectile crest and white central patch on the crown.


Open sclerophyllous forests, Valdivian forest, Araucaria and Nothofagus forests, and in the adjacent shrublands. In parks, gardens, cities and towns. In the extreme north it is found in shrub areas of oases and villages and in the vicinity of cultivated valleys. From sea level to 2,000 meters above sea level. In the extreme north of Chile, up to 3,500 meters above sea level.


Solitary, in pairs or in small groups, including mixed with other species of birds. Live and feed among the foliage of the trees. Omnivore; it feeds on flying insects, seeds and fruits. Sometimes, it is observed fluttering like hummingbird, to extract nectar from the flowers. Curious and quite confident

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Tukup 5 months ago

Hola José. Veo que hace 4 meses que tu Fio Fio ganó SOTD. Felicidades. Que lindo pájaro.

josecardenasvejar 9 months ago


DanielePralong 9 months ago

Congratulations José, your Fío Fío is our Spotting of the Day:

"Spotting of the Day! What's not to like about a bird called 'Fío Fío'? Fío Fío is the Chilean common name of Elaenia albiceps, known as White-crested Elaenia in English. Belonging to the tyrant flycatchers family (Tyrannidae), it has several subspecies that breed across southern and western parts of South America. The call of the subspecies chilensis, pictured here, is 'feeeo' or 'feeo-feeo', sometimes repeated incessantly for long periods, hence the common name".



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Región de Los Lagos, Chile

Lat: -41.59, Long: -73.67

Spotted on Nov 7, 2018
Submitted on Nov 9, 2018

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