French: Organiste à nuque bleue German: Grünorganist Spanish: Clorofonia nuquiazul
locality uncertain, possibly Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. psittacina
Bangs, 1902 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
C. c. frontalis
(P. L. Sclater, 1851) – mountains of N Venezuela (Falcón and Lara E to Miranda).
C. c. minuscula
Hellmayr, 1922 – mountains of NE Venezuela (Anzoátegui, Monagas and Sucre).
C. c. intensa
J. T. Zimmer, 1943 – W slope of W Andes (in Caldas and Valle), in Colombia.
C. c. longipennis
(du Bus de Gisignies, 1855) – Andes from W Venezuela (S from S Lara) S generally through Colombian ranges (except W slope of W Andes), Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia (to Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz).
C. c. roraimae
Salvin & Godman, 1884 – tepuis of S Venezuela (Amazonas and Bolívar) E to Guyana and in mountains of extreme NW Brazil (R Padauirí, on Venezuela border).
C. c. cyanea
(Thunberg, 1822) – SE Brazil (S from S Bahia) S to E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
11 cm; 11–15 g. Short-tailed, with chunky shape, stubby bill and colourful plumage. Male nominate race has head, throat and chest glistening emerald-green, bold bright... read more
Calls include a soft nasal “ek” or “enk” note, apparently mainly as for... read more
In most areas found mainly in humid and wet pre-montane and montane forest, at forest borders, and... read more
Food and feeding
Almost exclusively fruit; some insects. Takes variety of small berries, especially those of Miconia, and in Paraguay takes fruit... read more
In Colombia, three nests found in May in Santa Marta Mts, nest-building observed Jan and Jun and four begging juveniles in May and Jul in... read more
Some seasonal movements, especially elevational shifts in mountains; in Peru, individuals present... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. Widespread in montane regions, although distribution somewhat patchy, with abundance variable. Occurs in numerous... read more
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