French: Colibri rubis-topaze German: Moskitokolibri Spanish: Colibrí rubí
E Panama and W, N & C Colombia E through Venezuela to the Guianas, then S through NE & C Brazil (Pará to Pernambuco and S to Mato Grosso) to E Bolivia; also islands off N Venezuela coast from Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire E to Trinidad and Tobago.
8–9·5 cm; 2·5–5 g. Male has short straight black bill; crown and nape shining ruby red (occasionally orange), back dark brown glossed dull olive;... read more
Song (given from high perch) is reportedly a high-pitched, doubled “tliii...tliii...tliii... read more
Occurs in savanna-like vegetation (including campos rupestres) and its edges from sea-... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering shrubs, cultivated crops, cacti, small and large trees: Russelia, Cajanus, Isertia, ... read more
Season Dec–Jun on Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Guianas; Sept–Mar in Brazil. Tiny cup-shaped nest of fine plant fibre and... read more
Migratory. Arrives in S Cauca Valley, Colombia, in May and disappears in Sept; absent or rare in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common resident in the lowlands and coastal ranges, with densities of at least 6–8 pairs/km² in shrub-like... read more
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