French: Colibri insigne German: Feuerkehlkolibri Spanish: Colibrí insigne
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).
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
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