Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Peruvian Sheartail (Thaumastura cora)


French: Colibri cora German: Corakolibri Spanish: Colibrí cora

Orthorhynchus Cora

Lesson and Garnot

, 1827,

between Callao and Lima, western Peru


Possibly hybridizes with Eulidia yarrellii in area of contact in N Chile#R. Monotypic.


W Peru (Piura and Lambayeque S to Tacna) and N Chile (Arica). Single report from SW Ecuador (Loja).

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L. & Boesman, P. (2019). Peruvian Sheartail (Thaumastura cora). 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 7 December 2019).