French: Colibri d’Arica German: Aricaelfe Spanish: Colibrí de Arica
Montevideo; error = Arica, Chile
N Chile in Lluta, Azapa and Vitor Valleys (Arica); historical record as far S as N Antofagasta. Few sight records in S Peru (Tacna and possibly Moquegua)#R.
7·5–8 cm; 2·3–2·6 g. Male has short black bill; upperparts iridescent olive green; throat shining violet-red, underparts white; central tail... read more
Calls considered to be less musical than Thaumastura cora; slightly raspy “tsick” notes... read more
Cultivated desert river valleys and gardens from 200 m to 750 m, commonest below 400 m, with a... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Lantana, Hibiscus, shrubs, cacti and Leguminosae trees such as Inga feulles. Recent... read more
Little known. Nesting records are available from May, Aug and Sept, while an immature was collected in Nov, and juveniles and partially... read more
Presumably sedentary for the most part, occasionally straggling S into N Antofagasta, Chile, but... read more
Status and conservation
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. A little-known, restricted-range species: present in Peru-Chile Pacific Slope EBA. Until 2000 ranked as Vulnerable, and only uplisted to... read more
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