French: Colibri topaze German: Rotnacken-Topaskolibri Spanish: Colibrí topacio
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. pella
(Linnaeus, 1758) – E Venezuela (E Bolívar) and the Guianas to N & W Brazil (Roraima, NW Pará, Amazonas, Rondônia).
T. p. smaragdulus
(Bosc, 1792) – presumably French Guiana, and N Brazil (Amapá, and C Pará from R Tapajós E to R Xingu).
T. p. microrhyncha
A. L. Butler, 1926 – NE Pará (I de Marajó and area E of R Tocantins), in N Brazil.
Male 21–23 cm (including bill 2·5 cm and tail 8·6–12·2 cm), 11–18 g; female 13–14 cm, 9–12·5 g (races combined). A... read more
The song has been described as an “irregular series of chattering “chip” notes given almost... read more
Occurs in lowland and foothill rainforests up to 500 m, mainly inland, and often around clearings... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seen foraging for nectar in the upper storey of flowering forest trees such as Isertia hypoleuca (Rubiaceae), ... read more
Jan–Apr and again in Jul–Nov in the Guianas; Aug–Dec in N Brazil. Display flights by males, apparently usually (or... read more
Mainly sedentary during breeding period, thereafter number of individuals may decrease locally,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Locally common but frequently considered rare due to its secretive habits in the treetops; considered widespread but generally uncommon in... read more
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