Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Magenta-throated Woodstar (Calliphlox bryantae)


French: Colibri magenta German: Violettkehl-Sternkolibri Spanish: Colibrí magenta

Doricha bryantæ


, 1867,

Costa Rica


Often separated, together with C. mitchellii and sometimes C. evelynae, in genus Philodice; in the past, occasionally placed with C. evelynae in Nesophlox. Monotypic.


N Costa Rica to W Panama (Veraguas), mainly on Pacific slope.

Descriptive notes

Male 9 cm, 3·3 g; female 7·5 cm, 3·5 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts bronzy green, short central rectrices tipped black,... read more


Song a low-pitched, rapid medley of sputtering and gurgling notes. Calls include a low-pitched dry... read more


Forest borders and clearings, thinned woodland, second growth, scrubby pastures, semi-open mountain... read more

Food and feeding

Takes nectar from flowers of low trees (Inga, Quararibea), shrubs (Lantana) and herbs (Lobelia); where... read more


Nov–Mar or Apr (Costa Rica). Breeding male gives dive displays also in small groups, probably leks, around forest clearings away from... read more


Evidently makes at least local movements, since at a given locality can be common to abundant at... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Locally common, at least... read more

Recommended citation

Stiles, F.G. & Boesman, P. (2020). Magenta-throated Woodstar (Calliphlox bryantae). 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 January 2020).