Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-vented Whitetip (Urosticte ruficrissa)


French: Colibri à sous-caudales rousses German: Rotsteißkolibri Spanish: Colibrí puntiblanco oriental

Urosticte ruficrissa


, 1864,



Has been considered conspecific with U. benjamini on grounds of intermediate characters of birds from NE Peru, named as race intermedia; however, intermedia appears to represent merely a mutant phenotype within that population, having no connection with U. benjamini and no taxonomic validity#R. Monotypic.


Amazonian slope of SC Andes of Colombia (Huila, SE Nariño) S to NE Peru (N San Martín)#R.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 4–4·2 g. Male has medium-sized straight bill, black; upperparts shining green; white postocular streak; underparts shining green, undertail-... read more


A mellow, fast twittering “tweetweetweetwee...”, also described as a laughing chatter. Calls... read more


Humid, partly open mountain forest (including cloudforest) and forest edges from 1600 m to 2400 m.... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering Clusia, Palicourea and bromeliads. Insects are caught in the air by hawking, occasionally by gleaning... read more


Jan–Apr. Compact cup-shaped nest is built of moss in vines, 2–4 m above the ground. Clutch size 2; incubation 15–18 days... read more


Sedentary, with local movements to higher altitudes after the reproductive period.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Slopes EBA and Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. Generally uncommon throughout its... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L. & Boesman, P. (2019). Rufous-vented Whitetip (Urosticte ruficrissa). 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 12 November 2019).