French: Colibri charmant German: Schmucksternkolibri Spanish: Colibrí bonito
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Interior of S Mexico from C Guerrero and S Puebla SE to E Oaxaca. Reported also from Distrito Federal, Morelos and Chiapas, but identity of specimens doubtful.
8–9 cm; 2·6–3·1 g. Very similar to C. lucifer, and almost inseparable in field. Male has bill less decurved, shorter and slender, black;... read more
Possible song a repeated high-pitched, thin, squeaky “tswee..tswee..tswee”. Calls include faint... read more
Arid, semi-arid and subtropical scrub and thorn forest, high basins, usually between elevations of... read more
Food and feeding
Forages for nectar on low-growing Erythrina, Salvia, Agave, cacti and Castilleja. Flycatches for small... read more
One nest record in May. Nest cup-shaped, placed on a forked branch 2·5 m above ground, made of plant fibres, lined with plant down,... read more
Sedentary. Occurs seasonally (Dec–Apr) to near sea-level in Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatend. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Balsas Region and Interior Oaxaca EBA. Considered fairly common to common, but generally little known.... read more
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