Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Black-hooded Sunbeam (Aglaeactis pamela)


French: Colibri paméla German: Schwarzbauch-Andenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí negrito

Ornismya Pamela


, 1838,

Yungas of Bolivia


May be sister-species of A. castelnaudii. Monotypic.


Cordillera Real (C La Paz and W Cochabamba), in Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 7–8·5 g. Bill short, straight, black. Generally black with contrasting white pectoral tuft. Male has shining bluish-malachite rump (sometimes spreading... read more


Presumed song a repeated, high-pitched, slightly buzzy drawn-out “tzeeee”. Calls include a repeated... read more


Most common in treeline shrubbery in the transition zone between humid slopes and montane basins,... read more

Food and feeding

Forages for nectar at Bernedesia and Berberis bushes, Puya and Centropogon. Always feeds clinging to... read more


Probably Sept–Mar, but no nests recorded. Evidently first breeds in second year.


Some records at low elevations suggest that there is some local altitudinal migration.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Common in Yungas of La Paz and Cochabamba; also elsewhere,... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Boesman, P. (2019). Black-hooded Sunbeam (Aglaeactis pamela). 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 7 December 2019).