French: Colibri de Mitchell German: Purpurkehl-Sternkolibri Spanish: Colibrí de Mitchell
E Panama (Darién) through W Colombia (both slopes of W Andes) to W Ecuador (S to El Oro and Loja).
6·8–7·5 cm; 3·0–3·3 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts dusky bronze-green, with white patch on either side of rump;... read more
Poorly known. Calls while feeding and hovering include a series of thin “chit” notes, often in... read more
Humid forest, forest borders from coast to cloudforest at 2400 m (Nariño, Colombia); in SW... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering trees, such as Cordia and Inga. Small insects are caught in the air by hawking. Male defends... read more
Dec–May in SW Colombia. Tiny cup-shaped nest of fine fibre and spider web is placed on thick branches in tall trees, often 8–12... read more
Altitudinal movements during breeding period in SW Colombia. Birds at higher elevations are engaged... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon to locally common. Seems to depend on native flowering trees, especially Inga, as major source of nectar... read more
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