Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Brilliant (Heliodoxa schreibersii)


French: Brillant à gorge noire German: Brustband-Brillantkolibri Spanish: Brillante ventrinegro

Trochilus Schreibersii


, 1847,

upper Rio Negro, Brazil


Formerly separated, with H. whitelyana, in genus Ionolaima. Probably closely related to H. aurescens. Hitherto considered conspecific with H. whitelyana. Monotypic.


SE Colombia, E Ecuador and NE Peru (S to San Martín) to extreme NW Amazonian Brazil (upper R Negro).

Descriptive notes

11·5–13 cm; male 9·9 g, female 7·1–8·5 g. Bill almost straight and dark in colour (2·8 cm). Male has forehead glittering green... read more


Presumed song is a repeated, drawn-out, descending reeling trill of c. 4–5 seconds. Also a single “... read more


Interior of tall humid forest and scrub in tropical and upper tropical zones at elevations between... read more

Food and feeding

Forages mainly at heights of c. 2–4 m in shady understorey. Feeds on nectar of flowering plants like ericads and Wercklea sp... read more


Feb–May, but an active nest recorded also in Oct. Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female. No further information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Seems to be rather uncommon and rare in NE Peru, but scarcity of reliable data concerning abundance makes overall... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Black-throated Brilliant (Heliodoxa schreibersii). 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 21 May 2019).