French: Émeraude à queue étroite German: Schmalschwanz-Smaragdkolibri Spanish: Esmeralda colifina
Cabanis and Heine
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. ignotus
Todd, 1942 – N Venezuela (Coastal Range E to Carabobo, S to highlands of extreme SE Lara).
C. s. stenurus
(Cabanis & Heine, 1860) – Andes of NW Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida, Táchira) and NE Colombia (Norte de Santander, possibly S to W Meta).
Male 8·5–9 cm, female 7·5–8 cm; 3·2–3·6 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; forehead and crown shining green, upperparts... read more
Humid forest, low scrub, second growth, at 1000–3000 m. Forages in low to mid-strata at 0... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds in rather open areas on nectar of scattered low flowers with horizontal or upright corollas, like Ericaceae, Gesneriaceae, Rubiaceae... read more
Sept–Nov. Nest is cup-shaped, built of moss and decorated externally with lichen; in shrubs and lower parts of trees, 1–2 m... read more
Sedentary, with local altitudinal dispersal.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de Mérida EBA and Colombian East Andes EBA. Common throughout range. Readily accepts... read more
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