French: Brillant impératrice German: Rotstern-Brillantkolibri Spanish: Brillante emperador
Andean forests in the neighbourhood of Quito (probably Pacific slope), Ecuador
Pacific slope from WC Colombia (S Chocó) to NW Ecuador (Pichincha).
Male 15–17 cm, 9·3 g; female 12–13·5 cm, 8·3 g. Bill black, feet dusky grey; tail quite variable in length, especially among adult males.... read more
A repeated single “tsit” note, at a rate of c. 1 note/second, also given singly while hovering or... read more
Very wet foothills and lower mountain cloudforest and forest edge, adjacent tall second growth, at... read more
Food and feeding
Regularly visits inflorescences of Marcgravia and Marcgraviastrum, perching on inflorescence to extract nectar from... read more
Jan–Apr (W Colombia). One nest (perhaps incomplete) was a downy cup of balsa floss and cobweb, plastered on top of palm frond 10 m up... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon to locally common in Colombia, its very wet forest habitat... read more
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