French: Métallure arc-en-ciel German: Weißspitzen-Glanzschwänzchen Spanish: Colibrí de Herrán
DeLattre and Bourcier
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. tolimae
O. Kleinschmidt, 1927 – Volcán Tolima, in C Andes of Colombia.
C. h. herrani
(DeLattre & Bourcier, 1846) – W Andes of S Colombia (Munchique, in Cauca, S to Nariño) S on both slopes in Ecuador to N Peru (to Piura and NW Cajamarca).
10–12 cm; male 6·4 g, female 5·5 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts and underparts bottle-green; rump and uppertail-coverts coppery red;... read more
Main call is a short tinkling twitter followed by several more melodious squeaky (overslurred)... read more
Usually below actual páramo; on well-drained rocky slopes with ferns, bromeliads... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds hovering on nectar from flowers of Brachyotum and Puya, often clinging to them while feeding. Gleans insects from... read more
Two nests with eggs found Sept on Páramo del Tábano at 3000 m. Nestbuilding female observed mid-Jul at Mt Sangay, Ecuador, at... read more
No information, but presumably sedentary; possibly makes seasonal altitudinal movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common in W Colombia and in N Peru. Found in Podocarpus National Park and Las Cajas National Recreation Area, in S Ecuador; Cotopaxi... read more
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