Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Peruvian Piedtail (Phlogophilus harterti)


French: Colibri de Hartert German: Hartertkolibri Spanish: Colibrí colipinto peruano

Phlogophilus harterti

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1901,

Huanaypata, Peru


Closely related to P. hemileucurus. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in C & SE Peru (S Huánuco, Pasco, Cuzco, Puno).

Descriptive notes

7·2–7·5 cm; 2·2–2·7 g. Sexes alike. Short straight black bill; upperparts green; throat and centres of breast and belly white, rest... read more


Generally considered to be very similar to that of P. hemileucurus, i.e. a shrill, thin... read more


Forest and secondary growth in Andean foothills at 750–1500 m, most numerous around 1000 m.... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering epiphytes, shrubs and small trees, such as Rubiaceae, Ericaceae, or Gesneriaceae. Nectar is consumed while clinging to... read more




Sedentary, but altitudinal dispersal likely.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species, although overall distribution is variously calculated at 33,300 km2 and 18,... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Peruvian Piedtail (Phlogophilus harterti). 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 30 March 2020).