Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Blossomcrown (Anthocephala floriceps)


French: Colibri à tête rose German: Blassstirnkolibri Spanish: Colibrí florido

Trochilus (——?) floriceps


, 1853,

Sierra de Santa Marta, Colombia


Two subspecies recognized. The ranges of the two subspecies are separated by > 900 km, and, coupled with differences in plumage, molecular and nuclear DNA sequence data (from a small sample size), and climatic niche (revealed by niche modelling), it is suggested that they are full species, and should at least be regarded as evolutionarily significant units#R.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. f. floriceps (Gould, 1854) – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
  • A. f. berlepschi Salvin, 1893 – E slope of C Andes in Magdalena Valley, in C Colombia.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 8·4 cm. Male has straight, black bill; forecrown buffy white, hindcrown rufous chestnut, rest of upperparts shining green, postocular spot white; underparts greyish... read more


    Song a long series of repeated “tsip” notes, at a rate of c. 1·5 notes/second (both subspecies).


    Humid forest and older second growth. Nominate subspecies found at 400–1700 m in the Santa... read more

    Food and feeding

    No specific food plants have been recorded, except for flowering banana. Usually forages at low levels in under­storey.


    Birds in breeding condition Sept–Oct, Santa Marta. No further information available.



    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA and Colombian Inter-Andean Slopes EBA. The ranges of the two subspecies are disjunct,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Züchner, T., de Juana, E., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Blossomcrown (Anthocephala floriceps). 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 23 January 2020).