Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Critically Endangered

Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird (Lepidopyga lilliae)


French: Colibri de Lillie German: Blaubauchkolibri Spanish: Colibrí ventrizafiro

Lepidopyga lilliae


, 1917,

Punto Caimán, Santa Marta, Colombia


Status uncertain: sometimes considered a race, morph or age stage of L. coeruleogularis. Monotypic.


Coastal N Colombia from Atlántico, around Ciénaga Grande and near mouth of R Ranchería, near Ríohacha (Guajira); recently recorded at Bocas del Atrato (Antioquia)#R.

Descriptive notes

8·9–9·4 cm; male 4·3 g. Male has short straight bill, maxilla black, mandible pinkish tipped black; upperparts blue-green, underparts rich blue... read more


Only known vocalization a short, slightly nasal ‘lisping’ rattle, c. 0·3 seconds in length, rapidly... read more


Occupies coastal mangroves, though also occasionally seen in xerophytic shrub ­vegetation.... read more

Food and feeding

Outside mangroves, apparently shows a preference for flowers of the coral tree Erythrina fusca (Fabaceae). Also insects.


No information.


Unknown, most likely sedentary.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Caribbean Colombia and Venezuela EBA. A rare species endemic to N Colombian mangrove swamps and known... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird (Lepidopyga lilliae). 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 23 January 2020).