French: Colibri à dos noir German: Schwarzer Kurzschnabelkolibri Spanish: Colibrí piquicorto dorsinegro
Salvin and Godman
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
9–10 cm; c. 3·5 g. Male has very short, slightly decurved black bill; upperparts velvety black, postocular spot white, uppertail-coverts purplish bronzy on tips... read more
Poorly known. Calls include a short dry rattle “trrr” repeated at intervals, and a long descending... read more
Edges of humid and elfin forest, páramo from 2000 m to snow-line at 4600 m. Forages... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Ericaceae, Erythrina, Lobeliaceae, Melastomataceae, Puya, Rubiaceae and Salvia. Often clings... read more
No information available.
Seasonal altitudinal movements to lower slopes in May–Jun.
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Uncommon. Suitable habitat is severely fragmented due to deforestation, burning and over... read more
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