French: Colibri à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzelfe Spanish: Colibrí colicorto
W Ecuador (S from SW Manabí and I La Plata) to NW Peru (S to La Libertad).
6–6·5 cm; 2·7–3·3 g. Male has short, slightly decurved black bill; upperparts shining olive-green; chin white, throat iridescent violet to... read more
Song a combination of very high-pitched, drawn-out, rising “swee” notes and short faint liquid... read more
Occurs in coastal arid scrub vegetation, in dry valleys and gardens; most numerous below 200 m;... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Malvaceae shrubs, Cactaceae, Fabaceae, Caesalpiniaceae (Leguminosae), Boraginaceae (e.g. Cordia lutea)... read more
Mid-Feb to end of May in Ecuador, but nest with chicks in Jul in NW Peru. Tiny cup-shaped nest of brown plant down and spider web is built... read more
Sedentary. During the rainy season less numerous in coastal habitats.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. A common species throughout range, with densities of at least 8–12 pairs/... read more
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