Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Many-spotted Hummingbird (Taphrospilus hypostictus)


French: Colibri grivelé German: Tropfenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí moteado

Aphantochroa hyposticta


, 1862,



In the past, this species was sometimes placed with Leucippus taczanowskii and L. chlorocercus in a separate genus, Talaphorus. Proposed race peruvianus fits well into overall pattern of variation within the species, and subspecific status cannot therefore be maintained. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes from Ecuador (S from Napo) to E Peru and C Bolivia; also recorded in Caquetá, Colombia#R. Erroneously reported to occur in SW Brazil (W Mato Grosso)#R and NW Argentina#R.

Descriptive notes

10·5–11·4 cm (bill 2·3 cm); 6·7–9 g. Male has slightly curved, medium-sized black bill; upperparts grass green to coppery bronze,... read more


Song is quiet series of wheezy, electric warbles and gravelly-sounding chatters; calls include a... read more


Humid foothill and lower subtropical forest and forest edges along small ravines of Andean... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering shrubs, terrestrial bromeliads, vines, trees, including Palicoura, Centropogon, Pitcairnia... read more


Probably Jan–May; one active nest from Apr. Bulky cup-shaped nest of fine rootlets and moss is built low (c. 0·5 m) on tree... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Generally common throughout range, although considered scarce to locally uncommon in Ecuador. Only recently recorded in... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Many-spotted Hummingbird (Taphrospilus hypostictus). 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).