Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Olive-spotted Hummingbird (Leucippus chlorocercus)


French: Colibri à queue verte German: Fleckenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí blanquioliva

Leucippus chlorocercus


, 1866,

upper River Ucayali, eastern Peru


Formerly placed in genus Talaphorus, alone or with L. taczanowskii, sometimes also with Taphrospilus hypostictus. Monotypic.


Along R Amazon and tributaries in E Ecuador, NE Peru, extreme SE Colombia and NW Brazil.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 6 g. Most species of similar-sized hummingbirds (e.g. Chlorostilbon notatus, Amazilia fimbriata) found in same geographical region, abeit not... read more


Song described as a monotonous series of multisyllabic notes, e.g. “cliCHEW cliCHEW cliCHEW...”,... read more


Mainly restricted to younger river islands in upper Amazon Basin and its tributaries, occurring in... read more

Food and feeding

Forages for nectar at species of diverse plant families, including Leguminosae, Lorantaceae, Vochysiaceae, Bro­me­liaceae, Rutaceae... read more


Breeding season unknown. Nest cup-shaped, made of soft plant material, fibres, cobweb, externally decorated with lichen; placed on... read more


Some local dispersal.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Upper Amazon-Napo Lowlands EBA. Fairly common to rare resident along riversides. Range... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Olive-spotted Hummingbird (Leucippus chlorocercus). 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 29 February 2020).