Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Perija Metaltail (Metallura iracunda)


French: Métallure dorée German: Rotschwanz-Glanzschwänzchen Spanish: Metalura iracunda

Metallura iracunda


, 1946,

above Airoca, Sierra de Perijá, Magdalena, Colombia


Most closely related to M. tyrianthina, but sympatric with it. Monotypic.


Perijá Mts of N Colombia and adjacent NW Venezuela (Cerro Pintado, Cerro Tetari, Cerro Tres Tetas, Cerro Viruela, and probably Sabana Rubia).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 3·6–4·1 g. Larger and darker than sympatric M. tyrianthina districta, but in coloration similar to smaller M. t. chloropogon... read more


No information.


Recorded from rather open bushy terrain near summits and forest borders between 2400 and 3200 m (... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


No information, but presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA. Uncommon to fairly common, but rarely observed. The species may be vulnerable owing to... read more

Recommended citation

Heindl, M., de Juana, E., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2020). Perija Metaltail (Metallura iracunda). 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 17 February 2020).