French: Brillant rubinoïde German: Braunbauch-Brillantkolibri Spanish: Brillante pechigamuza
Bourcier and Mulsant, 1846,
Formerly placed in monotypic genus Phaiolaima. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
H. r. rubinoides
(Bourcier & Mulsant, 1846) – C & E Andes of Colombia.
H. r. aequatorialis
(Gould, 1860) – W Andes in Colombia (Antioquia) S on W slope to Ecuador (from Pichincha to El Oro and W Loja).
H. r. cervinigularis
(Salvin, 1892) – E slope of Andes in Ecuador (mainly Sucumbíos to W Napo) and Peru (mainly in Pasco, Huánuco, Junín and Cuzco); recorded in N Cochabamba, in C Bolivia#R.
11–13 cm; male 7·2–9·2 g, female 7·2–10·2 g. Bill straight, thick, black. Male shining bronzy-green above turning coppery on... read more
Only recorded vocalization appears to be a rich “tchew”, which in song becomes a prolonged series... read more
Understorey of wet and humid pre-montane forest, also along shady borders and forest edges;... read more
Food and feeding
Takes nectar from a variety of food plants such as Inga and Erythrina; has been observed flycatching 3–6 m above... read more
Jan–May (rubinoides, Colombia) or Sept–Jan (aequatorialis, Ecuador). Clutch size two eggs; incubation by... read more
Sedentary with local altitudinal movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon and local, especially in S Ecuador, where known from rather few localities, but also in W Andes of Colombia, where... read more
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