French: Métallure à queue d’airain German: Schuppenbauch-Glanzschwänzchen Spanish: Metalura escamosa
Trochilus (——?) æneocauda
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. aeneocauda
(Gould, 1846) – Brassy Metaltail – E Andean slopes from SE Peru (Cordillera Vilcabamba) to NW Bolivia (Yungas of La Paz).
M. a. malagae
Berlepsch, 1897 – Reddish Metaltail – Incachaca (in Yungas of Cochabamba), in C Bolivia.
12–13 cm; 5·2–5·4 g. Male has medium-sized, straight, black bill; upperparts bottle-green, underparts appear scaly due to tan feather margins;... read more
Chase call is almost identical to M. theresiae and M. eupogon: a descending... read more
Bushy glades in cloudforest and at treeline, and sometimes on humid rocky slopes with herbs, low... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of Berberis, Brachyotum, Centropogon, Gentiana, Ribes and other flowers with 2–4... read more
Specimens with enlarged gonads found in May and Jun. Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female. No further information.
No information; but presumably sedentary. Individuals sometimes disperse high up into the p... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Fairly common locally. Species not at risk at present, due to... read more
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