Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Pink-throated Brilliant (Heliodoxa gularis)


French: Brillant à gorge rose German: Rotkehl-Brillantkolibri Spanish: Brillante gorjirrosado

Aphantochroa ? gularis


, 1860,

Río Napo, Ecuador


Formerly isolated in monospecific genus Agapeta. Probably closely related to H. branickii. Monotypic.


E Andean foothills of S Colombia (Cauca and Putumayo) and NE Ecuador (W Sucumbíos and W Napo); records from NE Peru (Loreto, Amazonas and N San Martín).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Male has almost straight black bill; shining green upperparts with glittering green median stripe on fore­crown, postocular spot small, white; shining... read more


Presumed song is a repeated nasal “keuw”, at a rate of c. 1 note/second, also given as a single... read more


Humid montane forest at 250–1050 m.

Food and feeding

Almost no food plants have been recorded apart from flowering Psittacanthus and other Loranthaceae; takes insects.


No data available, other than the observation of a fledged young still attended by a female in E Ecuador in early Nov.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. Very poorly known. Generally rare. No population estimates. Forest habitat throughout... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2020). Pink-throated Brilliant (Heliodoxa gularis). 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 April 2020).