French: Colibri à coiffe blanche German: Schneekappenkolibri Spanish: Colibrí coroniblanco
Belén, Veraguas, Panama.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. parvirostris
(Lawrence, 1865) – Caribbean slope of S Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and probably extreme W Panama.
M. a. albocoronata
(Lawrence, 1855) – WC Panama (Veraguas, Coclé), mainly on Caribbean slope.
6–6·5 cm; male 2·5 g, female 2·6 g. Bill and feet black. Male has entire crown glistening white, throat glossed green, rest of head and underparts... read more
Male song described as a soft, warbling medley with a sputtering quality, “tsitsup tsitsup tsitsup... read more
Wet forest, forest edges, adjacent semi-open and second growth in foothills and lowlands; male more... read more
Food and feeding
Visits mostly small flowers of trees (Warscewiczia, Sickingia, Inga, Pithecellobium), shrubs (... read more
Dry to early wet seasons (Jan–May) in Costa Rica; mid-Jun thought to represent end of local breeding season in SE Honduras. During... read more
Descends to lowlands (regularly to 50–100 m, occasionally to sea-level) following breeding.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. While deforestation is severe in many parts of range in Costa Rica, species remains locally common in others, such as the lower part of... read more
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