Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Avocetbill (Opisthoprora euryptera)


French: Colibri avocettin German: Fleckenbauch-Avosettkolibri Spanish: Colibrí picolezna

Trochilus eurypterus


, 1832,

Popayán, Colombia


Little-known species with uncertain systematic affinities. Monotypic.


Colombia (C Andes from Caldas to SE Nariño) through E Ecuador to N Peru (Amazonas to E La Libertad).

Descriptive notes

9–10·2 cm; male 6·4–6·8 g, female 5·8–6·2 g. Male has short black bill, upturned at tip. Upperparts shining green,... read more


Not very vocal. Calls include a descending series of 3–7 high-pitched (overslurred) notes “seew...... read more


Forest borders and open shrubby slopes of sub-páramo and páramo... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering Ericaceae, Onagraceae (especially Fuchsia), Rubiaceae, Lobeliaceae. Insects are caught in the air by hawking.


Unknown. Gonadal activity indicates season Jan–Apr.


Sedentary, but altitudinal dispersal may occur.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Rare to uncommon throughout range. Fairly numerous in some areas of NW Ecuador. Present species should be carefully monitored in the future... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L. & Boesman, P. (2020). Mountain Avocetbill (Opisthoprora euryptera). 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 23 January 2020).