Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Sombre Hummingbird (Aphantochroa cirrochloris)


French: Colibri vert et gris German: Erzkolibri Spanish: Colibrí apagado

Trochilus cirrochloris


, 1818,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




E Brazil from Pernambuco to Mato Grosso and N Rio Grande do Sul.

Descriptive notes

c. 12 cm; c. 7·1–9 g. Male has slightly decurved black bill; upperparts bronzy-green to blackish bronzy-green, postocular spot white, uppertail-coverts with... read more


In all, six vocalizations, other than the song, have been identified, characterized as “chirp... read more


Edges and understorey of humid forest, plantations, gardens and second growth. Often reported to be... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering bromeliads, Heliconia and other plants. Arthropods caught in the air by hawking. Feeds from low down... read more


Nov–Mar; nest is cup-shaped, built of soft plant material decorated with large pieces of lichen on the outside, saddled on horizontal... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common to locally common throughout its range, although considered rare in Rio Grande do Sul, where just three records prior to the present... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Sombre Hummingbird (Aphantochroa cirrochloris). 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 on 25 February 2020).