Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris)


French: Ariane à ventre roux German: Braunbauchamazilie Spanish: Amazilia ventricastaña

Amazilius castaneiventris


, 1856,

Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia


Closely related to A. tzacatl, but seemingly not, as has been claimed, to A. yucatanensis and A. rutila. Monotypic.


Serranía de San Lucas#R and W slope of E Andes of NC Colombia.

Descriptive notes

9 cm. Male has straight, medium-sized, blackish bill with fleshy red base to lower mandible; upperparts bronze-green; throat and upper breast glittering golden green; lower... read more


Song a short rhythmic phrase of three squeaky notes that sounds like a rusty door-hinge, “krey-ki-... read more


Inhabits bushy canyons and edges of lower montane humid forest. Mainly found between 500 and 1500 m... read more

Food and feeding

Forages for nectar at various plant species, including Salvia and Trichanthera; diet also includes small arthropods.


Breeding condition of specimens suggests season from Aug to Dec. Clutch size 2; incubation by female; no data on incubation or fledging... read more


May occur at lower altitude after breeding season.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Nechí Lowlands EBA and Colombian East Andes EBA. Appears to be restricted to the Serranía de San... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris). 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 26 January 2020).