Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Purple-chested Hummingbird (Amazilia rosenbergi)


French: Ariane de Rosenberg German: Rosenbergamazilie Spanish: Amazilia de Rosenberg

Polyerata rosenbergi


, 1895,

Río Dagua, Colombia


Sometimes placed in genus Polyerata or Agyrtria. Proposed race reini (NW Ecuador) separated on basis of extent of breast patch, different throat coloration and longer bill, but these traits are deemed attributable to individual variation. Monotypic.


W Colombia (S from C Chocó) and NW Ecuador (NW Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

8–10 cm; male 4 g, female 3·5 g. Male has straight, medium-sized bill, maxilla blackish, mandible fleshy red except dark tip; upperparts golden to dark golden-... read more


Song a repeated phrase of c. 7–9 “tsee” notes, with emphasis on first two notes and the rest at a... read more


Rainforest, forest edges, second growth and clearings; occurs from near sea-level to 600 m, with... read more

Food and feeding

Forages for nectar at a great variety of plants, and feeding has been recorded from Costus, Heliconia, Ericaceae (... read more


Jan–Apr. Nest tiny, cup-shaped, made of soft plant fibres and lichen; built in low trees and vines, 2–4 m above ground. Clutch... read more


Some local dispersal, but movements poorly understood.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Locally common resident. In coastal SW Colombia, recorded density of at least 2... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Purple-chested Hummingbird (Amazilia rosenbergi). 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 13 December 2019).