French: Colibri de Lafresnaye German: Samtbauchkolibri Spanish: Colibrí aterciopelado
Trochilus La Fresnayi
Subspecies and Distribution
L. l. liriope
Bangs, 1910 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
L. l. greenewalti
Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1961 – W Venezuela (S Trujillo, Mérida, NE Táchira).
L. l. lafresnayi
(Boissonneau, 1840) – Sierra de Perijá, extreme W Venezuela (Páramo de Tamá, in S Táchira) and E Andes of Colombia (Cundinamarca).
L. l. longirostris
Schuchmann et al., 2003 – C Andes of Colombia (Antioquia S to Tolima).
L. l. saul
(DeLattre & Bourcier, 1846) – Andes of SW Colombia S through Ecuador and extreme N Peru (E Piura, W Cajamarca).
L. l. orestes
J. T. Zimmer, 1951 – Andes of N Peru (Amazonas).
L. l. rectirostris
Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1902 – E slope in Peru from La Libertad S to Apurímac and Cuzco).
11·5–12 cm (including bill of 2·7–3·2 cm); 4·5–6·3 g. Male has long, thin, decurved black bill; upperparts grass-green;... read more
Calls include a repeated high-pitched “tseee” or “pseeuw”, sometimes followed by a stuttering... read more
Borders of humid montane forest and shrubby slopes from 1800 m to 3400 m, and locally to 3700 m in... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Centropogon (e.g. C. ferrugineus), Castilleja, Siphocampylus, Salvia, ... read more
Apparently during most of the year; Santa Marta, N Colombia, Jan–Mar; C Andes, S Colombia, Jul–Sept; W Colombia, Sept; NE... read more
Marked seasonal movements to higher altitudes, in sub-páramo and páramo... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. In NW Peru, range recently found to extend as far S as the border between Cajamarca and La Libertad (race saul).... read more
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