Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Gorgeted Sunangel (Heliangelus strophianus)


French: Héliange à queue bleue German: Weißband-Sonnennymphe Spanish: Colibrí pectoral

Trochilus (——?) strophianus


, 1846,



Shares several characters with H. clarisse and H. amethysticollis, and may be closely related to those two. Described form H. violicollis, known only from two skins of unknown origin, usually considered an aberrant form of present species, though this may not be the case. Validity and possible affinities of other described forms known mainly or exclusively from Bogotá trade skins (including H. squamigularis, H. speciosus, H. simoni, H. rothschildi, H. prosantis, H. luminosus and, from Antioquia, H. barrali) unknown, but at least some could involve hybrids, and not necessarily related to present species. Monotypic.


SW Colombia (Nariño) and W Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 5·3 g. Blackish bill short and straight. Male dark, almost velvety green above with a small glittering green frontlet; genus-typical gorget glittering... read more


Song a repeated series of 2–3 high-pitched “pseee” notes (c. 8·5 kHz) followed by a slightly lower-... read more


Mainly humid and wet pre-montane forest but can also be found at shrubby forest borders and... read more

Food and feeding

Usually seen alone, so probably territorial. In general seems to prefer damp bushy ravines. While foraging always stays near cover and... read more


Main season Oct–Dec; in SW Colombia, copulation recorded in Aug. Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female. No further information.


No information available but some seasonal vertical movements likely.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Fairly common in Pichincha (Ecuador) but populations may have declined substantially... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2019). Gorgeted Sunangel (Heliangelus strophianus). 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 7 December 2019).