French: Haut-de-chausses à palettes German: Grünscheitel-Flaggensylphe Spanish: Colibrí de raquetas
Other common names:
Brazil; error = Bogotá, Colombia
Subspecies and Distribution
O. u. polystictus
Todd, 1942 – coastal mountains of N Venezuela (Carabobo to Miranda).
O. u. discifer
(Heine, 1863) – NW Venezuela (Zulia and Falcón to Táchira and W Barinas) and N Colombia (Norte de Santander).
O. u. underwoodii
(Lesson, 1832) – White-booted Racket-tail – E Andes of Colombia.
O. u. incommodus
(O. Kleinschmidt, 1943) – W & C Andes of Colombia.
O. u. melanantherus
(Jardine, 1851) – W slope from SW Colombia (Nariño) to SW Ecuador.
O. u. peruanus
(Gould, 1849) – E Ecuador and NE Peru (S to Huánuco).
O. u. annae
(Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894) – E slope in C & S Peru (Pasco to Cuzco).
O. u. addae
(Bourcier, 1846) – Rufous-booted Racket-tail – E slope in Bolivia (Yungas of La Paz to Santa Cruz and Chuquisaca).
Male 11–15 cm, (including elongated tail feathers), 2·5–2·7 g, female 7·6–9 cm; 2·6–3·2 g. Male has short, straight... read more
Most common vocalisation, given by both male and female, is a diagnostic, descending, thin sweet... read more
Wet forest zone of subtropical and temperate Andean regions. Within forest as well as in open... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Palicourea, Clusia, Inga, Cavendishia and bromeliads. Insects are caught in the air... read more
Probably throughout the year; Jan–Apr in SW Colombia. Tiny cup-shaped nest of buffy plant fibre and lichen is placed on horizontal... read more
Seasonal altitudinal migration after breeding.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. A very common species in montane forest. Protected by several national parks and nature reserves throughout range, e.g. La... read more
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