French: Colibri héloïse German: Rosenkehlelfe Spanish: Colibrí de Eloísa
Lesson and DeLattre
Jalapa and Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico
Subspecies and Distribution
A. h. margarethae
R. T. Moore, 1937 – highlands of NW & W Mexico (SE Sinaloa and SW Chihuahua to Jalisco).
A. h. heloisa
(Lesson & DeLattre, 1839) – highlands of NE, C & S Mexico (C Tamaulipas S to Guerrero and Oaxaca).
7–7·5 cm; 2–2·7 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts green, white postocular stripe, greyish auriculars; gorget elongated at sides,... read more
Song a drawn-out, pure, high-pitched, overslurred whistle, typically starting with an introductory... read more
Humid to semi-humid forest edges, pine and pine-oak woodland and clearings at 1500–3000 m.... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar of flowering Erythrina, Opuntia, Salvia, Cuphea jorullensis, Penstemon perfoliatus... read more
Birds in breeding condition Apr–Jul. Female sitting on nest recorded in Jalisco State in Mar. No further information available.
Sedentary, with occasional northward dispersal; old records from SE Arizona (USA), though possible... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common throughout range. Seems to accept disturbed areas like clearings to some extent. Regularly recorded at Cerro de San... read more
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