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Rufous-naped Greenlet - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Robert Scanlon
Area of Cali, Colombia, 2 May 2004
Pachysylvia semibrunnea

Hylophilus semibrunneus


  • Top, back of head, and neck a rusty brown
  • Top portion of the body green shaded
  • Underneath the body and face light with grayish shading
  • Sexes alike
  • Juvenile not described


In South America, this species is found in the Andes of Colombia to extreme northwestern Venezuela and eastern Ecuador.


This is a monotypic species1.
Placed in genus Pachysylvia by Clements.


Gravitates to mid-height trees, treetop areas of forested areas, and regrown woods in lower mountainous areas at elevations from 1000 meters / 3300 feet to just over 2100 meters / 6600 feet.

It is found, at times, in agricultural areas where wooded areas are utilized for the shade of crops.


Observed alone, or with another species, as well as among those of other species, as they are involved in the search for food in the upper reaches of the treetops. They will conduct a vigorous search for that food, even going so far as to, at times, hang upside down on the underneath side of the leaves and branches they are searching.


Feeds on invertebrates, insects, and worms.


Without observing a nest as an indicator, their activity associated with the breeding process is thought to stretch in a roughly six-month period from early February into July.

This belief regarding their breeding activity is based on particular activities during this period, such as gathering nesting material, being seen in the condition associated with the breeding process, and in the company of young who were recently fledged.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Slager, D. L. (2020). Rufous-naped Greenlet (Pachysylvia semibrunnea), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rungre1.01
  3. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/204918E7 ]. Retrieved 19 August 2021

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