Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis)


French: Colibri insigne German: Feuerkehlkolibri Spanish: Colibrí insigne

Panterpe insignis

Cabanis and Heine

, 1860,

“San José” (probably Volcán Irazú), Costa Rica


Relationships uncertain. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. i. eisenmanni Stiles, 1985 – NW Costa Rica (Cordillera de Guanacaste).
  • P. i. insignis Cabanis & Heine, 1860 – NC Costa Rica (Cordillera de Tilarán) S to extreme W Panama (Bocas del Toro, Chiriquí).
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5–11 cm; male 5·9–6·2 g, female 4·9–5·2 g. Sexes alike. Bill black except basal part of mandible pink, feet dusky grey... read more


    Apparently lacks true song. Calls include a repeated nasal, squeaky “kek...kek...”, given in fast... read more


    Montane forest, cloudforest including elfin forest, timberline shrubbery of sub-páramo... read more

    Food and feeding

    Visits a wide variety of flowers of epiphytes (bromeliads, ericads, gesneriads), shrubs and small trees (Gaiadendron, ... read more


    Aug–Jan in Costa Rica. During breeding males do not lek but defend rich patches of flowers, usually of ericads (Macleania,... read more


    Following breeding at least part of population moves to lower elevations, down locally to 1400... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Species is generally common to abundant over most... read more

    Recommended citation

    Stiles, F.G. & Boesman, P. (2019). Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insignis). 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 6 December 2019).