French: Inca céleste German: Bronzeandenkolibri Spanish: Inca bronceado
Other common names:
Purple Inca (“C. purpurea”)
Mexico; error = Venezuela
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. zuliana
Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1953 – Sierra de Perijá, on N Colombia–NW Venezuela border.
C. c. coeligena
(Lesson, 1833) – N Venezuela mountains (Falcón E to Miranda).
C. c. columbiana
(Elliot, 1876) – Andes of NW Venezuela (S from Lara and NW Barinas) and E Andes of Colombia (S to Huila).
C. c. ferruginea
(Chapman, 1917) – C & W Andes of Colombia.
C. c. obscura
(Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1902) – E slope of Andes of S Colombia (Nariño) S to Ecuador and Peru.
C. c. boliviana
(Gould, 1861) – E slope in C & SE Bolivia (La Paz to Chuquisaca).
c. 14 cm; male c. 7·3 g, female c. 6·2 g, unsexed 8·6 g. Male has long, straight, black bill, mandible often yellowish at base, head and upperparts dark... read more
Presumed song is a continuous series of single rather sweet “tseet” notes, at a rate of c. 1–1·6... read more
Edges of humid pre-montane forest, at 1500–2600 m. Sometimes in open terrain with scattered... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Fuchsia, Bomarea, Cavendishia, Centropogon, Heliconia and ... read more
Nov–Mar. Nest cup-shaped, in understorey 1–1·5 m above ground, well hidden in fork of shrub, built of moss and plant... read more
Seasonal movements occur but not well understood, perhaps follows breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Locally common. Although original habitat suffers from deforestation, species is not seriously affected because it accepts... read more
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