French: Coquette de Langsdorff German: Brustband-Fadenelfe Spanish: Rabudito ventrinegro
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
D. l. melanosternon
(Gould, 1868) – S Venezuela and SE Colombia S to E Ecuador, E Peru and W Brazil (R Madeira, R Guaporé, R Negro, W Mato Grosso).
D. l. langsdorffi
(Temminck, 1821) – coast of E Brazil (SE Bahia, Espírito Santo, E Rio de Janeiro).
Male 12–13·7 cm (including long tail), female 7·4–7·6 cm; c. 3·2 g. Male has short straight black bill; crown iridescent emerald green... read more
Mostly silent. A short “tsip” or “chip” given when feeding. When hovering, wings make a low bee-... read more
Humid lowland forest and edges, at 100–300 m, in Amazonia principally in terra firme... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on arthropods and nectar of flowering Calliandra, Inga trees, Lantana, Mimosa, Vochysia... read more
Nov–Mar (or Nov–Feb in SE Brazil) and Sept in E Ecuador. Nest cup-shaped, made out of the soft down of Typha,... read more
No information available. Probably sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally considered rare throughout range, although easily overlooked due to its canopy and subcanopy habits. Habitat under severe threat... read more
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