Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Orange-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus mavors)


French: Héliange mars German: Orangekehl-Sonnennymphe Spanish: Colibrí de Marte

Heliangelus mavors


, 1848,

cordilleras of Venezuela and Colombia




NW Venezuela (S Lara to Táchira) and E Andes of Colombia (Norte de Santander to Boyacá).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 3·9–4·4 g. Bill blackish and straight. Male shining green above with a rather narrow glittering orange frontlet; throat and upper breast... read more


Call a repeated, high-pitched, cricket-like, faint trill (pitch c. 6 kHz, length c. 0.3–1 second),... read more


Edges of humid montane cloudforest and dwarf forest, open pastures and páramo... read more

Food and feeding

The species is territorial at flower clusters, usually at low levels inside the forest or at forest edges. Salvia has been... read more


Dec–Mar. Clutch two white eggs, incubation by female. First breeding in second year. No further information available.


Mainly sedentary; altitudinal dispersal after breeding.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de Mérida EBA and Colombian East Andes EBA. Locally common in the temperate zone of... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2020). Orange-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus mavors). 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).