French: Métallure de Stanley German: Schwarzkopf-Glanzschwänzchen Spanish: Colibrí de Stanley
cold regions of Pichincha and Cotopaxi, Ecuador.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. stanleyi
(Bourcier, 1851) – both Andean slopes of Ecuador (Carchi S to Azuay).
C. s. versigulare
J. T. Zimmer, 1924 – E slope in Peru (E of R Marañón) S to Cordillera Carpish (Huánuco); also Cordillera Blanca, on W slope.
C. s. vulcani
(Gould, 1852) – E slope from S Peru (S of R Huallaga) to C Bolivia (Cochabamba).
12–13 cm; male 6·2 g, female 4·5 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; body dark sooty brown; uppertail-coverts turquoise; crown and nape with bronzy... read more
Main call a descending squeaky twitter followed by a mellower upslurred note and a downslurred “... read more
Slopes with rather humid páramo and jalca vegetation, especially steep and... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar of small flowers of Berberis, Gauteria, Ribes and a tiny red Gentiana. Observed to... read more
Probably breeds during rainy season as juveniles recorded in Mar at La Paz, Bolivia. Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female.
The species has been shown to be opportunistic in its altitudinal distribution since it moves to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Patchily distributed, but also fairly common. Locally endangered by destruction of Polylepis woods and degradation of p... read more
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