Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Amethyst Woodstar (Calliphlox amethystina)


French: Colibri améthyste German: Amethyststernkolibri Spanish: Colibrí amatista

Trochilus amethystinus


, 1783,



Sometimes treated as sole member of genus, other species currently included in Calliphlox being placed instead in Philodice. Described form C. orthura (French Guiana) may represent immature male of present species. Proposed form Smaragdochrysis iridescens, known only from type specimen and in the past treated as a valid species and monotypic genus, now regarded as a hybrid between present species and Chlorostilbon lucidus. Monotypic.


E Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia, E through Brazil and S to Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

6–8·4 cm (including tail of up to 3·2 cm); 2·3–2·5 g. The only woodstar over much of its range, there is limited overlap with ... read more


Apparently undescribed.


A great variety of habitats from humid forest borders, clearings and savannas to scrubby open... read more

Food and feeding

Takes nectar of a great variety of flowers, including Anacardium, Bowdichia, Calliandra, Canna, ... read more


Nov–Apr, at least in E Brazil. Cup-shaped nest is built of soft plant material from Typha, Bromeliaceae and Gramineae,... read more


Probably mainly sedentary with some local dispersal, but poorly understood. For example, in Chapada... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common in most of range; apparently rather local in Colombia, where not well known; very local in Venezuela, where records concentrated in... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Amethyst Woodstar (Calliphlox amethystina). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 December 2019).