French: Saphir d’Élicia German: Goldschwanz-Saphirkolibri Spanish: Zafiro de Elicia
Other common names: Blue-throated Sapphire
Bourcier and Mulsant, 1846,
no locality = Cobán, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
H. e. eliciae
(Bourcier & Mulsant, 1846) – SE Mexico (from S Veracruz and SE Oaxaca) and Belize S patchily to S Costa Rica.
H. e. earina
Wetmore, 1967 – W Panama, including Coiba I and islands in Bay of Panama, to extreme NW Colombia (N Chocó).
9 cm; male 4·1 g, female 3·6 g. Maxilla and mandible of male bill red with black tip, that of female with culmen and tip black; feet dark grey. Male bronzy... read more
Quite vocal, sings at leks. Song quite variable, typically a repeated phrase comprising 5–15 notes... read more
In humid areas prefers forest edge, tall second growth, semi-open, light woodland, gardens and... read more
Food and feeding
Visits flowers of shrubs (Stachytarpheta, Hamelia), large herbs (Heliconia, Renealmia, Thalea... read more
Dry season, Dec–Apr. During breeding season male sings thin, piercing song of variable phrases of 5–8 notes from perches on... read more
Little information; presumably more or less sedentary except for local wanderings during flowering.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Uncommon to locally common, freely entering open or disturbed areas; has probably increased in some areas, following forest clearance; may... read more
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