French: Colibri sapho German: Goldschwanzsylphe Spanish: Colibrí cometa
Peru; error = Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. sparganurus
(Shaw, 1812) – E slope of Andes in N Bolivia; possibly also extreme S Peru.
S. s. sapho
(Lesson, 1829) – E slope from C Bolivia (Cochabamba) S to N & W Argentina (Jujuy and Salta S to Neuquén).
Male 19–20 cm (including tail of 7–10 cm), female 12–14 cm; male 4·3–5·4 g, female 4·4–5 g. Male has short, slightly curved... read more
Faint high-pitched warble (context unknown); song, given from exposed perch, comprises rather harsh... read more
Arid to semi-arid open mountain slopes with scattered trees and bushy cover, semi-arid deciduous... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Dunalia, Acnistus, Siphocampylus, Psittacanthus, Castilleja, Salvia... read more
Apr–Jun in Bolivia, Oct–Dec in Argentina. Bulky cup-shaped nest of moss, lichen and animal hairs is built under rocks in steep... read more
Mostly sedentary with seasonal altitudinal movements, e.g. in Cochabamba (Bolivia) recorded in high... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. A fairly common hummingbird; local densities of at least 3–4 pairs/km² in Santa Barbara Mts, Argentina. Protected in nature... read more
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