French: Colibri d’Anaïs German: Großer Veilchenohrkolibri Spanish: Colibrí rutilante
Trochilus (Petasophora) coruscans
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. coruscans
(Gould, 1846) – Santa Marta Mts, Sierra de Perijá, mountains in NW Venezuela, and Andes S through Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia, N Chile and NW Argentina.
C. c. germanus
(Salvin & Godman, 1884) – tepuis of S Venezuela, W Guyana and adjacent N Brazil (Roraima).
13–14 cm; male 5·8–8·5 g, female 6–7·5 g, unsexed 3·8–8·5 g. Male has slightly decurved black bill; upperparts... read more
Very vocal. Song a long series of monosyllabic metallic chips, “djit...djit...djit...” or “tlik...... read more
Forest edges, open woodland, flowering gardens, plantation, sub-páramo and p... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar of a great variety of flowers like Castilleja, Centropogon, Clusia, Echeveria, ... read more
Season Jul–Oct (Venezuela) and at least Dec–Feb (NW Argentina). Cup-shaped nest (up to c. 6 cm wide and up to 4·5 cm... read more
During dry season populations in páramo habitats migrate to lower elevation; during... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common in various habitat types including man-made flowering gardens and plantations, and can be observed in gardens of... read more
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