French: Inca porphyre German: Rosenbauch-Andenkolibri Spanish: Inca ventrivioleta
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. helianthea
(Lesson, 1839) – N & E Andes of Colombia (Sierra de Perijá to Bogotá).
C. h. tamai
Berlioz & Phelps, Sr, 1953 – Páramo de Tamá (Táchira), in W Venezuela.
c. 13 cm; male 7·1–7·6 g, female 6–6·5 g. Male has long, straight, black bill; head black with dark green frontlet, postocular spot white,... read more
Rather silent and voice poorly known. Calls include single, strident “chit” notes.
Cloudforest and dwarf forest, forest edge, shrubby slopes, also visits flowering gardens.... read more
Food and feeding
Food plants visited for nectar include Befaria, Bomarea, Cavendishia cordifolia, Elleanthus, ... read more
May–Oct. No further information available.
Unknown, but seasonal altitudinal dispersal likely.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA. Locally common. This species is probably more able than its congeners to... read more
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