Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Buffy Hummingbird (Leucippus fallax)


Taxonomy

French: Colibri trompeur German: Zimtbrustkolibri Spanish: Colibrí ante
Taxonomy:

Trochilus fallax

Bourcier

, 1843,

Caracas, Venezuela

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Proposed races cervina (NE Colombia), occidentalis (NW Venezuela) and richmondi (Margarita I and Tortuga I, off NC Venezuela), though sometimes recognized, are doubtfully distinct; differences apparently represent individual variation. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Coastal area of NE Colombia (Cesar, Guajira) and Venezuela and adjacent offshore islands.

Descriptive notes

8·5–9 cm. Male has straight bill, upper mandible black, lower fleshy tipped black; upperparts faded dull green, postocular spot white; underparts pale cinnamon-... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Agave, Hibiscus, Lemairocereus, Melocactus and Opuntia. Has been... read more

Breeding

Nests have been found in May and Nov, suggesting breeding period in the rainy season (May–Nov/Dec); one fledgling fed by female in... read more

Movements

Some seasonal dispersal; during dry season (Dec–Apr) is more abundant in thorn forest and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Caribbean Colombia and Venezuela EBA. Common, and most abundant hummingbird species within its rather... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. (1999). Buffy Hummingbird (Leucippus fallax). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2013). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/55478 on 21 October 2014).