Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Hooded Visorbearer (Augastes lumachella)


French: Colibri lumachelle German: Goldmaskenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí lumaquela

Ornismya lumachella


, 1839,

Bahia, Brazil


Species name often erroneously given as lumachellus, but original word comes from Italian and thus invariable in scientific nomenclature. Monotypic.


Montane plateaux of NE Brazil between Morro do Chapéu, Andarái and Barra da Estiva (C Bahia). Two old specimens from Minas Gerais probably mislabelled#R.

Descriptive notes

8·9–10·1 cm; 4–4·8 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; crown and sides of throat velvet black, forehead and throat iridescent golden... read more


Song an incessantly repeated short phrase, starting with an overslurred squeaky nasal note,... read more


Occurs in plateau regions with cacti and scattered small xerophytic shrubs from 900 m to 2000 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering cacti, terrestrial bromeliads, Stachytarpheta crassifolia (Verbenaceae), Walteria cinerescens (... read more


Jan–May, but young in nest and fledged young dependent on female observed in Sept. The tiny cup-shaped nest of soft Compositae seeds... read more


Sedentary, but some small-scale or very local movements perhaps occur, given that A. lumachella... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species, endemic to campos rupestres in N Espinhaco Range and the state of... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Hooded Visorbearer (Augastes lumachella). 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 9 April 2020).