Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)


French: Colibri de Jardine German: Hyazinthkolibri Spanish: Colibrí sietecolores

Trochilus Jardini


, 1851,

Nanegal, Ecuador




Pacific slope of W Andes in SW Colombia (Cerro Tatamá, in S Chocó, S to Nariño) and NW Ecuador (Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

11–12·7 cm; 8·0–8·5 g. Bill straight, black. Male shining bluish-green above with head and throat velvety black; crown, breast and belly... read more


Courtship song reported to be series of alternating harsh and soft whistles, “si, siii, si, siii,... read more


Prefers wet mossy forests and forest borders in tropical and subtropical zones, but can also be... read more

Food and feeding

Territorial, usually seen feeding at flowers from lower strata to treetops. Insects are caught in the air by hawking. No further... read more


Season stated to be Jan–Mar, but recent observations in SW Colombia involve a nest with young in early Sept and nest-building in... read more


Sedentary, but seasonal altitudinal dispersal known in Colombia.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon and very local, most frequently found in the area around the type locality... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini). 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 10 December 2019).