Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Coppery Metaltail (Metallura theresiae)


French: Métallure de Thérèse German: Kupferglanzschwänzchen Spanish: Metalura de Teresa

Metallura theresiae


, 1902,

Tayabamba, Department of Pataz, Peru


Thought to be closely related to M. williami, M. baroni, M. odomae, M. eupogon and M. aeneocauda. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. t. parkeri G. R. Graves, 1981 – Cordillera de Colán (WC Amazonas), in N Peru.
  • M. t. theresiae Simon, 1902 – E slope of Andes E of R Marañón and S to Cordillera Carpish N of R Huallaga (Huánuco), in N & C Peru.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 4·8–5·0 g. Male has medium-sized, straight, black bill; upperparts and underparts olive-bronze with strong coppery-red reflections, especially on... read more


    Chase call a descending series of 3–6 squeaky notes, followed by a repeated, buzzy, jumbled phrase... read more


    Occurs in open glades with Melasto­mataceae and Ericaceae shrubs in humid dwarf and elfin... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly feeds in hover-flight from Melastomataceae flowers (Brachyotum, Macleania). Male establishes feeding territories. read more


    Specimens with enlarged gonads found in Aug and Sept. Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female. First breeding in second year.


    No information; presumably sedentary but seasonal altitudinal movements might occur.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Locally common. The species is under pressure from habitat... read more

    Recommended citation

    Heindl, M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Coppery Metaltail (Metallura theresiae). 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 21 May 2019).