Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Bronze-tailed Thornbill (Chalcostigma heteropogon)


French: Métallure à queue bronzée German: Bronzeglanzschwänzchen Spanish: Colibrí picoespina

Ornismya heteropogon


, 1840,

Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia




Extreme W Venezuela (Páramo de Tamá, in S Táchira) and E Andes of Colombia (S to Cundinamarca).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 5·9–6·3 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts and underparts bottle-green; rump and uppertail-coverts coppery red; throat... read more


Poorly known. Calls include a dull short “tzk” repeated at intervals.


Semi-arid to humid páramo, mainly steep rocky slopes with ferns, bromeliads, shrubs... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar from flowers of Bartisia santolinaefolia, Rubus gachetensis, Brachyotum, Castilleja... read more


Season probably Sept–Jan, but possibly also at other times. Female in breeding condition with two juveniles recorded late Jul in NE... read more


No information, but presumably sedentary; possibly makes seasonal altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA. Generally uncommon. The introduction of unsustainable land-use practices,... read more

Recommended citation

Heindl, M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Bronze-tailed Thornbill (Chalcostigma heteropogon). 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 on 21 February 2020).