French: Émeraude splendide German: Goldbauch-Smaragdkolibri Spanish: Esmeralda ventridorada
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. pucherani
(Bourcier & Mulsant, 1848) – E Brazil (Maranhão and Ceará S to Paraná).
C. l. lucidus
(Shaw, 1812) – E Bolivia, Paraguay and SW Brazil (including Mato Grosso).
C. l. igneus
Gould, 1861 – W & N Argentina (Jujuy and Chaco S to Mendoza and San Luis).
C. l. berlepschi
Pinto, 1938 – SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul) and Uruguay to NE Argentina (Misiones, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Buenos Aires).
Male 9·5–10·5 cm, 3–3·8 g; female 7·5–8·5 cm, 3–4·5 g. Male has short, straight bill, maxilla and mandible... read more
Song a high-pitched, cricket-like trill of 1–4 seconds length at c. 9–10 kHz, repeated at intervals... read more
Widespread in semi-arid to moderately humid scrub, savanna, grassland, and forest margin habitats... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar of flowering Tabebuia, Eucalyptus and Jacaranda acutifolia by piercing the petal bases; also on... read more
Season at least Aug–Feb, with two nests in NE Brazil under construction in May and with eggs in Apr. Cup-shaped nest placed on thin... read more
Sedentary. Recorded as vagrant, however, in E Peru (Manu Biosphere Reserve, Jun 2007) and in C... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common throughout much of its extensive range. Readily accepts man-made habitats such as gardens, parks and plantations.... read more
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