French: Colibri à épaulettes German: Streifenschwanzkolibri Spanish: Colibrí colirrayado
Closely related to E. cyanophrys and E. poliocerca. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. e. nelsoni
Ridgway, 1910 – E Mexico (SW Veracruz, N Oaxaca).
E. e. eximia
(DeLattre, 1843) – extreme E Mexico (Chiapas) S through highlands to C Nicaragua.
E. e. egregia
P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868 – highlands of Costa Rica and W Panama.
9–10·5 cm; male 4·7 g, female 4·1 g. Bill black, feet dusky flesh-coloured. Male of nominate race bronzy-green above, glittering green below,... read more
Song a long series of 1–3 squeaky or metallic notes, followed by a lower-pitched, dry insect-like... read more
Canopy and borders of cool, wet highland forest, descending to shrub level in gaps, along forest... read more
Food and feeding
Visits flowers of a variety of trees, including Inga and Clusia, shrubs, especially Acanthaceae and Rubiaceae, also ... read more
Late wet into dry season, Sept–Mar or Apr in Costa Rica; Apr–Jun in Oaxaca, Mexico. Nest a neat cup of pale-colored plant down... read more
In Costa Rica and probably Panama often descends to lower elevations, locally down to 250–300... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Locally uncommon to common over most of range, where deforestation has not been severe. Regularly recorded in the Mayan ruins of Palenque,... read more
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