Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii)


French: Colibri de Matthews German: Rotbauchkolibri Spanish: Colibrí pechirrojo

Trochilus Matthewsii


, 1847,



Despite extensive range, shows no obvious geographical variation. Monotypic.


Andes of extreme S Colombia (E Nariño, W Putumayo), Ecuador and Peru (on W slope S to Cajamarca, on E slope S to Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 7·0–7·7 g. Sexes similar. Bill straight, thickish and black. Male shining metallic green above and chestnut-rufous below, with throat more or less... read more


Presumed song is a continuous series of single, insect-like, high-pitched “tsit” notes, at a rate... read more


Inhabits humid pre-montane forest in subtropical areas at elevations of 1200–2600m,... read more

Food and feeding

Establishes territories around clusters of flowers and can be seen foraging for nectar mainly at canopy level. Often clings to flowers... read more


No data concerning season. The nest is cup-shaped and consists mainly of moss and lichen. Clutch size 2; incubation by female. First... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common. Range of present species coincides with the distribution of humid pre-montane forest; this is evident in W Peru, where... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2020). Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii). 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 3 April 2020).