French: Colibri à ailes saphir German: Blauflügelkolibri Spanish: Colibrí aliazul
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. cyanopterus
(Fraser, 1840) – E Andes of N Colombia (Norte de Santander, Cundinamarca).
P. c. caeruleus
J. T. Zimmer, 1951 – C & W Andes of Colombia (Tolima S to Nariño).
P. c. peruvianus
Boucard, 1895 – W Andes of Colombia#R, Ecuador, Peru and NC Bolivia (Cochabamba).
Male 19–20 cm, female 16–17 cm; male 9·6–11·2 g, female 9·1–11 g. Bill straight, medium-sized, black. Male dark shining bluish-... read more
A liquid twittering heard during aerial chases, and a drier thin chatter while hovering and feeding. read more
Inhabits humid and not too dense cloudforest and stunted forest borders, elfin woodland, and... read more
Food and feeding
Takes nectar from flowers at low to moderate heights on the outside of thickets and bushes, either hovering or perching to feed, sometimes... read more
Breeding has been recorded for Feb (Colombia) and May (Ecuador). Cup-shaped nest is suspended from roots or ferns, usually situated below... read more
Mainly sedentary; altitudinal movements to open páramo after reproduction.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Locally fairly common. Less abundant in dry Andean valleys in Ecuador. Present in Las Cajas National Recreation Area, Ecuador.
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