Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-shafted Woodstar (Chaetocercus jourdanii)


French: Colibri de Jourdan German: Rotfahnenelfe Spanish: Colibrí de Jourdan

Ornismya Jourdanii


, 1839,



Often treated as sole member of present genus, but no evidence in external morphology for treatment in a different genus from those species (previous five in this list) traditionally placed in Acestrura. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. j. rosae (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1846) – highlands of N Venezuela (Falcón to Miranda).
  • C. j. andinus Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – Sierra de Perijá, and Andes of Venezuela (Lara to Táchira) and E Andes of N Colombia.
  • C. j. jourdanii (Bourcier, 1839) – NE Venezuela (mountains of Sucre and N Monagas); Trinidad.
  • Descriptive notes

    6–8 cm (including moderately long tail). Male has straight black bill; upperparts bottle green; throat violet, breast white, rest of underparts green, white patch on... read more


    Male sings from treetop, a lising 3–4-note “tssit, tssit, tssit, tssit”.


    Scrub, edge of montane forest, coffee plantations, occasionally sub-páramo, at 900... read more

    Food and feeding

    Has been recorded feeding on nectar of flowering Inga trees. Insects are caught in the air by hawking; employs same foraging... read more


    Birds in breeding condition and two immature individuals noted in Nov, Colombia. No further information available.


    Seasonal altitudinal dispersal recorded in Venezuela, where moves lower during rainy season (May... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Rare to locally common. Reported to be very rare in Trinidad, where most sightings are from Northern Range and most are in Jan–Jun,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Züchner, T. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Rufous-shafted Woodstar (Chaetocercus jourdanii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 April 2020).