Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Hooded Visorbearer (Augastes lumachella)


Taxonomy

French: Colibri lumachelle German: Goldmaskenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí lumaquela
Taxonomy:

Ornismya lumachella

Lesson

, 1839,

Bahia, Brazil

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55630 on 24 June 2019).