French: Métallure olivâtre German: Braunes Glanzschwänzchen Spanish: Colibrí oliváceo
La Paz, Bolivia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. o. pallens
Carriker, 1935 – locally on W slope in C Peru (Ancash to NW Junín).
C. o. olivaceum
(Lawrence, 1864) – locally in E Andes of SE Peru (from Apurímac) to WC Bolivia (La Paz).
14–15 cm; 8–9 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; body uniformly dark olive green; throat patch narrow and emerald green, with elongation (“beard... read more
Voice unknown. Apparently hardly vocal.
Usually in typical puna grassland and cushion plant communities, sometimes in low... read more
Food and feeding
Seen feeding from prostrate red flowers (perhaps Castilleja) on boggy slope. Largely insectivorous. Reported to pick up insects... read more
Specimens with enlarged gonads found Jan in Bolivia; juveniles seen in Feb–Apr in C Peru and in May around La Paz. Attracted to ... read more
No information, but presumably sedentary; seasonal altitudinal movements possible.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA and High Andes of Bolivia and Argentina EBA. Uncommon and locally distributed... read more
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