French: Ariane de Lesson German: Rostbauchamazilie Spanish: Amazilia costeña
Orthorhynchus [sic] Amazilia
Lesson and Garnot
Callao de Lima, Peru
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. dumerilii
(Lesson, 1832) – Green-tailed Amazilia – lowlands W of Andes from W Ecuador to NW Peru (Tumbes); E slope in SE Ecuador (upper Zamora Valley).
A. a. azuay
Krabbe & Ridgely, 2010 – Azuay Amazilia – R Jubones drainage in Azuay and adjacent Loja, in SC Ecuador.
A. a. alticola
Gould, 1860 – Loja Amazilia – Andes in S Ecuador (El Oro, S Loja and adjacent Zamora-Chinchipe).
A. a. leucophoea
Reichenbach, 1854 – White-throated Amazilia – NW Peru (Piura S to Ancash).
A. a. amazilia
(Lesson & Garnot, 1827) – Green-throated Amazilia – W Peru (Lima to Ica).
A. a. caeruleigularis
Carriker, 1933 – Blue-throated Amazilia – SW Peru (Nazca Valley).
9–11 cm; male 5–6·5 g, female 4·5–5·5 g; male of race alticola larger in most measurements. Male has straight, medium-sized,... read more
Song a variable but typically descending series of 4–10 squeaky notes, repeated at intervals. Calls... read more
In contrast to other members of genus, prefers semi-arid to arid open, partially coastal, habitats... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar of flowering Erythrina, Psittacanthus or at other flower corollas of medium length. Catches small insects... read more
Breeds year-round; race alticola Nov–Mar. Nest cup-like, 3 cm high, made of plant wool, brown fibres, white seed pappi,... read more
Some altitudinal dispersal after main breeding season; race alticola may occur at lower... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common to uncommon along the Pacific coast and some Andean valleys of the Pacific slope; the commonest trochilid regionally. Race ... read more
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