French: Colibri d’Héliodore German: Prachtkehlelfe Spanish: Colibrí de Heliodoro
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. heliodor
(Bourcier, 1840) – Andes of Venezuela (Mérida), Colombia and W Ecuador.
C. h. cleavesi
R. T. Moore, 1934 – Andes of NE Ecuador (W Sucumbíos to NW Morona-Santiago).
5·8–6·4 cm. Male has straight black bill; plumage generally dark metallic blue-green; gorget pinkish-purple, elongated to form auricular tufts, breast... read more
Calls while feeding and hovering include a single dry “chit”, doubled “chichit” or tripled “... read more
Edges of humid forest, coffee plantations and other disturbed areas with some trees and shrubs, at... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar of flowering Inga trees, coffee and other tiny flowers. Insects are caught in the air by hawking. Forages from... read more
Nests in Apr–Oct (Mérida), fledglings in Oct (Ecuador). Nest cup-shaped, built of soft downy plant material like bromeliad... read more
Some seasonal altitudinal movements likely.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Relative abundance varies from rare to locally common. The paucity of records of this species may be in part due to its small size and... read more
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