Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Hyacinth Visorbearer (Augastes scutatus)


French: Colibri superbe German: Grünmaskenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí colaceleste

Trochilus scutatus


, 1824,



Race soaresi sometimes considered intermediate between the other two. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. scutatus (Temminck, 1824) – high altitudes in mountainous parts of C & E Minas Gerais, in EC Brazil.
  • A. s. ilseae Grantsau, 1967 – moderate altitudes in mountainous parts of C & E Minas Gerais (EC Brazil).
  • A. s. soaresi Ruschi, 1963 – R Piracicaba basin in SC Minas Gerais (EC Brazil).
  • Descriptive notes

    Male 8·1–9·9 cm, 3–4 g; female 8–9·7 cm, 2·7–3·8 g; males have on average, statistically longer wings, tarsi, tail... read more


    Males usually sing from 2–3 preferred perches within their territories, whereas females do... read more


    Montane regions with xerophytic vegetation (campos rupestres) and in ravines with dense... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar of flowering terrestrial bromeliads, cacti, Asteraceae, Convolvulaceae, Lamiaceae, Leguminosae, Loranthaceae (e.g., ... read more


    Season probably year-round. Nesting females recorded in Jan, Feb, Apr, Jun (with recently hatched nestlings), Jul and Aug (austral summer... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened. Known from total of at least 32 current and former localities. Restricted-range... read more

    Recommended citation

    Schuchmann, K.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Hyacinth Visorbearer (Augastes scutatus). 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 19 February 2020).