Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-vented Whitetip (Urosticte ruficrissa)


Taxonomy

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

Urosticte ruficrissa

Lawrence

, 1864,

Ecuador

.

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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55600 on 17 June 2019).