Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Bronze-tailed Comet (Polyonymus caroli)


Taxonomy

French: Colibri de Bourcier German: Rosenkehlsylphe Spanish: Colibrí colibronce
Taxonomy:

Trochilus Caroli

Bourcier

, 1847,

no locality = Cajabamba, Peru

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & S Peru: W slope of Andes (Cajamarca to W Arequipa), and from side valleys of R Marañón S to Huánuco and Huancavelica.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; 5·1–5·6 g. Male has medium-sized, slightly decurved bill, black; above bronzy green, postocular spot white; iridescent rosy-purple gorget... read more

Voice

Call is a dry, gravelly, single or double trill “djrt” or “dj-djrt”. Also a high-pitched, rising/... read more

Habitat

Semi-arid mountain slopes with dense shrubs, cacti and Agave stands, edges of montane... read more

Food and feeding

Little information; takes nectar of flowering Agave, Phrygilanthus and cacti; subordinate to other hummingbirds.

Breeding

Possibly Nov–Dec. No further information available.

Movements

Wide altitudinal range suggests some seasonal dispersal to lower or higher zones.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened. Species appears to be locally common, but not well known; research required into biology and ecology.

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2019). Bronze-tailed Comet (Polyonymus caroli). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55605 on 19 February 2019).