Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Buffy Helmetcrest (Oxypogon stuebelii)


French: Colibri de Stübel German: Violettkehl-Helmkolibri Spanish: Colibrí chivito del Nevado del Ruiz

Oxypogon Stübelii

A. B. Meyer

, 1884,

Volcán de Tolima, Central Andes, Colombia


Hitherto considered one of four subspecies in O. guerinii, although HBW noted possible treatment as four separate species. Uniquely possesses tan-and-black crest (where the other three possess white and black feathers) (3); short tan beard with green then purple reflectant spots centrally (3); buffy neck sides (white in the other three taxa) and buffier, brownish-tan belly (ns[1]); and broad buffy-white line on outer rectrix, with buffy line around shaft of next two outer feathers (3)#R. Specific name sometimes spelt stubelii, but based on a German name, so umlaut of original spelling requires emendation by addition of the following “e”. Monotypic.


C Colombia (Nevado del Ruiz, on Tolima–Caldas border).

Descriptive notes

11·2–12·7 cm (including moderately long tail). Male has short, straight, black bill (c. 1·5 cm); head dark brown to black with comparatively short cinnamon crest, back bronzy... read more


Song a repeated, high-pitched, single note “tsee” (pitch c. 7 kHz, note length c. 0·11 seconds,... read more


Humid open páramo with Espeletia vegetation.

Food and feeding

Often seen at flowers of Espeletia schultzii, even on dry old ones which are full of insect larvae; clings to flowers rather than... read more


No information.


None definitely known, but see O. lindenii.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species found in the Central Andean Páramo EBA. Known only from páramos within the boundaries of the 583 km² Los Nevados National Park,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Sharpe, C.J., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Buffy Helmetcrest (Oxypogon stuebelii). 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 15 November 2019).