Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Neblina Metaltail (Metallura odomae)


French: Métallure du Chinguela German: Purpurkehl-Glanzschwänzchen Spanish: Metalura del Chinguela

Metallura odomae

G. R. Graves

, 1980,

Cerro Chinguela, c. 5 km north-east of Sapalache, Piura, Peru


Thought to be closely related to M. williami, M. baroni, M. theresiae, M. eupogon and M. aeneocauda; recently recorded as occurring sympatrically with M. williami atrigularis in Podocarpus National Park (S Ecuador). Sometimes considered to be a race of M. eupogon, but differences in coloration justify their treatment as separate species. Monotypic.


S Ecuador (S Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe) and adjacent N Peru (NE Piura and Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 4·8–5·2 g. Male has medium-sized, straight, black bill; upperparts yellowish olive-green, underparts yellowish olive-green with pale... read more


Song or chasing call almost identical to M. baroni: a descending series of 3–5 squeaky... read more


Pajonal of humid tree-line type with forested ravines and patches of mossy elfin forest... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded taking nectar from flowers of Brachyotum, from a Berberis-like shrub, and from white flowers of a dwarf... read more


Presumed peak in season Nov–Feb. In late Aug 1989, one nest found on Cerro Chinguela at 2850 m consisted of a mossy cup covered with... read more


Remains in its exposed habitat even during very bad weather, when five other species of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Andean Páramo EBA. On Cerro Chinguela, reported... read more

Recommended citation

Heindl, M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Neblina Metaltail (Metallura odomae). 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 18 November 2019).