French: Porte-lance de Louise German: Grünstirn-Lanzettschnabel Spanish: Colibrí picolanza mayor
Bourcier and Mulsant
Buena Vista, east Andes above Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia
Subspecies and Distribution
D. l. veraguensis
Salvin, 1867 – NC Costa Rica to W Panama (Veraguas).
D. l. ludovicae
(Bourcier & Mulsant, 1847) – extreme E Panama (Cerro Tacarcuna), and Andes from W Venezuela and Colombia S to NW Bolivia (only on E slope S from C Ecuador).
11–13 cm; male 5·9 g, female 5·5 g (veraguensis), male 5·9–7·1 g, female 6·0 g, unsexed 5·1–6... read more
Usually silent. Song apparently undescribed. Call, usually given in flight, a repeated short “tsik... read more
Mid-strata and lower canopy of wet, epiphyte-laden cloudforest and humid forest in broken terrain,... read more
Food and feeding
In forest usually visits flowers of epiphytes with long, tubular, usually pendent corollas, including Ericaceae (Satyria, ... read more
In Costa Rica breeds in latter half of wet season to start of dry, Aug–Jan; in Colombia nesting recorded between Jul and late Jan;... read more
Outside breeding season in Costa Rica many individuals descend to 500 m, rarely down to 150 m on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Generally uncommon (or occasionally rare) to locally fairly common in suitable habitat throughout range, which includes... read more
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