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Great Elaenia

Elaenia dayi

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Very large brownish elaenia found only in the tepui region. Note the small, rounded head with only a vaguely crested look, and broken whitish eyering. Brown upperparts contrast with paler olive-gray underparts; also has pale wingbars. Typically found alone or in pairs, perching on the top of small trees and bushes. Occurs in scrub, forest edges, and savanna with small trees. Vocalizations are loud and variable; one common variation is a “SQUEE’ch’ch’ch-cheet-cheet” with both nasal and chattering notes. With a poor view can be surprisingly similar to Black-billed Thrush, but that species lacks wingbars and has a longer bill.

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