Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Spot-throated Hummingbird (Leucippus taczanowskii)


French: Colibri de Taczanowski German: Taczanowskikolibri Spanish: Colibrí de Taczanowski

Thaumasius taczanowskii

P. L. Sclater

, 1879,

Guajungo, Cajamarca, Peru


Formerly placed in monospecific genus Thaumasius, or with L. chlorocercus and sometimes Taphrospilus hypostictus in Talaphorus. Proposed race fractus, from N Peru (Huancabamba), considered doubtfully distinct. Monotypic.


W slope of C Andes in N & C Peru.

Descriptive notes

11·5–12·5 cm; male 7·7 g, female 6·9 g. Male has bill slightly decurved, long, almost blackish; bronze crown; upper­parts greyish golden... read more


Song a soft scratchy warble starting with 1–4 short introductory notes, “tip..tip..chlee-chlu-chluw... read more


Inhabits dry forest and desert scrub with Cactaceae, and plantations. Regularly found between 350... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of various native and introduced plants such as Agave and banana (Musa). Insects are caught in the air by hawking.


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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Marañón Valley EBA and Peruvian High Andes EBA. Considered to be locally fairly common... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A. & Boesman, P. (2019). Spot-throated Hummingbird (Leucippus taczanowskii). 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 6 December 2019).