French: Colibri moucheté German: Schwarzohrkolibri Spanish: Colibrí jaspeado
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. debellardiana
Aveledo & Pérez, 1994 – Sierra de Perijá, on N Colombia–NW Venezuela border.
A. m. aeneosticta
Simon, 1889 – mountains of N Venezuela (Falcón E to Miranda).
A. m. melanogenys
(Fraser, 1840) – Andes of W Venezuela (Mérida) and E range in Colombia S on E slope to SC Peru.
A. m. cervina
Gould, 1872 – W & C Andes of Colombia.
A. m. connectens
Meyer de Schauensee, 1945 – upper Magdalena Valley (Huila), in S Colombia.
A. m. maculata
Gould, 1861 – W slope of Andes from SW Colombia (Nariño) S to NW Peru (La Libertad).
A. m. chlorospila
Gould, 1872 – SE Peru (S Cuzco).
A. m. inornata
(Gould, 1846) – Yungas of Bolivia and NW Argentina (Salta, Jujuy).
8·5–9 cm; male 4·9 g, female 4·2 g, unsexed 3·5 g. Sexes alike. Short straight black bill; blackish cheeks, buffy white streak behind the... read more
Song a monotonous series of high-pitched “tsee” notes (c. 2 notes/second), occasionally... read more
Humid forest, forest borders and along watercourses, at 1000–2500 m, commonest around 2000 m... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering shrubs and vines, including Lobelia, Fuchsia, Psammisia, Palicourea and Bomarea... read more
Nests have been found all year round, chiefly from Jan to mid-May. Bulky cup-shaped nest of moss and cobweb, lined with fine plant fibre,... read more
Mainly sedentary; individuals may disperse to lower altitudes after the breeding period.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. A very common hummingbird of moderate elevations in the Andes. Particularly abundant in the W Andes above Cali (SW Colombia... read more
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