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Olive-streaked Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Mionectes olivaceus


13-13.5 cm. Olive-greenish bird with triangular white mark behind eye and streaked breast.

  • Upperside olive-green
  • Wings darker but with yellowish to ochre edges
  • Behind eye is a triangular white spot
  • Throat and upper breast streaked with dark olive-green and yellowish-whitish
  • Flanks and lower breast has continued streaks with clearer yellow in between
  • Belly is yellow with minimal streaking

Male and female similar.

Similar Species

Olive-striped Flycatcher should not overlap in range. It is very difficult to distinguish except by voice.


Central America: Foothills and mountains of eastern Costa Rica and western Panama, east to Chiriqui and Ngabe-Buglé.


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species was formerly considered the main subspecies of Olive-striped Flycatcher.


Foothill elevations to lower montane. Within this area found primarily in forest and edges, but may go into shrub areas as well. Within forests prefers areas with heavy undergrowth and it more rarely go higher than mid level of the forest.


Eats fruit and also consumes invertebrates. Both are taken while hovering, or less commonly while supported by plant material.


Song: only given during breeding´period. The song very high pitched, and lasts from 3 to 10 seconds. The structure is undulating, peaking in frequency about once per second, and it consists of a series of very fast ticking notes. It is described as insect-like.
Call described as a clear, descending sound which is also very high pitched.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Fitzpatrick, J. W., J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, E. de Juana, G. M. Kirwan, and A. J. Spencer (2022). Olive-streaked Flycatcher (Mionectes olivaceus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.olsfly2.01

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