French: Colibri de Fanny German: Türkiskehlelfe Spanish: Colibrí de Myrtis
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. fanny
(Lesson, 1838) – W & SE Ecuador and W Peru (Piura S to Arequipa).
M. f. megalura
J. T. Zimmer, 1953 – N Peru from S Cajamarca (Cajabamba) through SE La Libertad to extreme NW Huánuco.
7·5–8 cm; 2·3–2·5 g. Male has short, slightly decurved black bill; upperparts bronze-green; throat and sides of neck iridescent aquamarine,... read more
In display, male flies in a large semi-circle over female. At upper ends, the male utters a series... read more
Arid and semi-arid coastal scrub, open woodland and gardens from lowlands to 3000 m; in Ecuador... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Malvaceae, cacti, Cordia and Russelia. Both sexes are trap-liners for nectar along fairly constant... read more
Mar–Jun in Ecuador, Jun–Oct in Peru. Tiny cup-shaped nest of fine plant fibre and spider web is built in the fork of thin... read more
Not known, but altitudinal movements most likely.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common resident from the coastal lowlands to higher altitudes; readily accepts man-made habitats like gardens and cultivated areas.
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