French: Colibri cora German: Corakolibri Spanish: Colibrí cora
Lesson and Garnot
between Callao and Lima, western Peru
W Peru (Piura and Lambayeque S to Tacna) and N Chile (Arica). Single report from SW Ecuador (Loja).
Male 13 cm (tail 7 cm), female 7–8 cm; 2–2·5 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts iridescent green; throat shining rosy purple to turquoise... read more
Song from an exposed perch a long rapid jumbled series of squeaky notes, buzzes and liquid rattles... read more
Inhabits semi-arid coastal zone and lower slopes of Andes up to 2400 m; most numerous at sea-level.
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering shrubs, cacti and trees such as Russelia, Melocactus, Cordia and Malvaceae at heights of 2... read more
Jun–Oct; small cup-shaped nest of fine plant fibre and spider web is built in fork of vertical branches, 3–6 m above the ground... read more
Mostly sedentary; altitudinal movements of individuals reported at end of breeding season. Single... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common resident in the semi-arid coastal ranges, with densities of at least 3–5 pairs/km². Readily accepts man-made habitats... read more
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