French: Colibri vesper German: Atacamakolibri Spanish: Colibrí del Atacama
probably near Tarapacá, Chile (but possibly western Peru)
Subspecies and Distribution
R. v. koepckeae
Berlioz, 1975 – NW Peru (Cerro Illescas, in SW Piura).
R. v. vesper
(Lesson, 1829) – most of W Peru (S from Lambayeque) and extreme N Chile (Tarapacá).
R. v. atacamensis
(Leybold, 1869) – N Chile (Atacama); probably this subspecies also farther south (Coquimbo).
13–13·5 cm; 3·6–4·2 g. Male has medium-sized curved bill, black; upperparts shining olive-green, rufous on rump and uppertail-coverts;... read more
Song from territorial perch a quiet liquid chattering, including a series of short syllables... read more
Arid steppes, oases, gardens, lowlands and mountains up to 3000 m. Most abundant on coastal hills... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering shrubs, cacti and trees, Malvaceae and Leguminosaceae in particular; in N Chile, observed feeding at flowers of ... read more
Season originally believed to be Sept–Nov, but potentially nests virtually year-round in N Chile; small cup-shaped nest is suspended... read more
Mostly sedentary; local altitudinal movements have been reported for atacamensis.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common in all arid zones. Readily occupies man-made habitats. Occurs in Paracas National Park (Peru). Trapping rate for wild bird trade was... read more
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