Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Scintillant Hummingbird (Selasphorus scintilla)


Taxonomy

French: Colibri scintillant German: Orangekehlelfe Spanish: Colibrí centelleante
Taxonomy:

Trochilus (Selasphorus) scintilla

Gould

, 1851,

Volcán de Chiriquí, 9000 feet [c. 2750 m], Panama

.

Probably closest to S. ardens. Described form S. underwoodii is a hybrid between present species and S. flammula. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains from NC Costa Rica (Cordillera de Tilarán) to W Panama, principally on Pacific slope.

Descriptive notes

6·5–7 cm; male 2·1 g, female 2–2·3 g. Adult has short, straight, black bill. Male bronzy-green above, uppertail-coverts edged with rufous;... read more

Voice

Apparently no song is used in courtship or territory defence. Display-flight of male starts by... read more

Habitat

Brushy forest edge, scrubby pastures, hedgerows, young second growth, coffee plantations and... read more

Food and feeding

Takes nectar from a variety of mostly small, often insect-pollinated flowers of shrubs and herbs (Salvia, Hyptis, ... read more

Breeding

Wet and early dry seasons, Sept–Feb (Costa Rica). During breeding season male occupies territorial posts in trees or tall shrubs... read more

Movements

Outside breeding season may make limited altitudinal movements, sometimes moving upslope to c. 2500... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Scarce to locally common; has probably benefited... read more

Recommended citation

Stiles, F.G. & Boesman, P. (2018). Scintillant Hummingbird (Selasphorus scintilla). 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/55671 on 18 December 2018).