Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Steely-vented Hummingbird (Amazilia saucerottei)


French: Ariane de Sophie German: Stahlgrüne Amazilie Spanish: Amazilia verdiazul

Trochilus Saucerrottei

[sic] DeLattre and Bourcier

, 1846,

Cali, Colombia


Sometimes placed in genus Saucerottia. Closely related to A. cyanifrons. Proposed race australis described from small series of specimens from Guaítara Valley (SW Colombia) on basis of morphometric differences from nominate; strong clinal variation within larger series of nominate birds, however, indicates that it should not be retained. Remarkably isolated race hoffmanni sometimes considered to represent a distinct species on basis of behaviour and voice, in addition to distribution; this taxon formerly listed as S. sophiae. Specific name originally spelt “saucerrottei” but emended on basis of internal evidence#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. hoffmanni (Cabanis & Heine, 1860) – Blue-vented Hummingbird – W Nicaragua and W & C Costa Rica.
  • A. s. warscewiczi (Cabanis & Heine, 1860) – N Colombia (La Guajira to Sucre and Norte de Santander, Magdalena Valley) and extreme NW Venezuela (W Zulia).
  • A. s. braccata (Heine, 1863) – W Venezuela (Andes from Trujillo to Mérida).
  • A. s. saucerottei (DeLattre & Bourcier, 1846) – Steely-vented Hummingbird – W & NC Colombia (W slope of W Andes, Cauca Valley).
  • Descriptive notes

    8–11 cm; male 5·0 g, female 4·5 g. Male has straight, medium-sized bill, maxilla blackish, mandible coral-red with dark tip; upperparts golden-green;... read more


    Song a repeated buzzy, squeaky phrase “tzi-tzee-tzup”, sometimes followed by a few lower-pitched... read more


    In general, inhabits open to semi-open, scrubby areas, savannas, forest edges, second growth,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Forages at nectar-producing flowers in low bushes and trees, where often becomes territorial. Recorded at great variety of plants,... read more


    Almost year-round. In Colombia, birds in breeding condition or nests have been found Jan–Oct; in Costa Rica, Dec–Apr. Small,... read more


    Some local dispersal; seasonally abundant in areas with flowering plants.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common to locally common in more arid regions. Costa Rican population of hoffmanni has apparently profited from... read more

    Recommended citation

    Weller, A.A. & Boesman, P. (2019). Steely-vented Hummingbird (Amazilia saucerottei). 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).