French: Ariane à poitrine blanche German: Kurzschnabelamazilie Spanish: Amazilia pechiblanca
Subspecies and Distribution
A. b. chionopectus
(Gould, 1859) – Trinidad.
A. b. brevirostris
(Lesson, 1830) – E Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and extreme N Brazil (NE Roraima).
A. b. orienticola
Todd, 1942 – coastal French Guiana.
9–10 cm; male 4·6 g, female 4·4 g, unsexed 3–5 g (Trinidad). Male has straight, short, almost blackish bill; crown and cheeks iridescent turquoise-... read more
Song variable, but always with a diagnostic sound quality difficult to describe, nasal and squeaky... read more
Inhabits rainforest, semi-deciduous forest, and gallery forest, second growth, scrub, savanna and... read more
Food and feeding
Forages for nectar at larger trees, including Erythrina and Samanea, smaller trees like Calliandra, herbs such... read more
At least Dec–Apr. Nest cup-shaped, made of greyish plant fibres, decorated with lichen; placed on horizontal branch 1–7 m above... read more
No information available; most populations probably sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Generally a common resident in semi-open, coastal areas. One of the commonest trochilids on Trinidad; adapts readily to man... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!