French: Colibri scintillant German: Orangekehlelfe Spanish: Colibrí centelleante
Trochilus (Selasphorus) scintilla
Volcán de Chiriquí, 9000 feet [c. 2750 m], Panama
Mountains from NC Costa Rica (Cordillera de Tilarán) to W Panama, principally on Pacific slope.
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
Apparently no song is used in courtship or territory defence. Display-flight of male starts by... read more
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
Wet and early dry seasons, Sept–Feb (Costa Rica). During breeding season male occupies territorial posts in trees or tall shrubs... read more
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
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