French: Saphir azuré German: Weißkinn-Saphirkolibri Spanish: Zafiro gorjiblanco
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Subspecies and Distribution
H. c. viridiventris
Berlepsch, 1880 – N & E Colombia, W, S & E Venezuela and the Guianas to N Brazil (S to Mato Grosso, E to Maranhão).
H. c. rostrata
Boucard, 1895 – E Peru, N Bolivia and W Brazil S of R Amazon (E to R Madeira); probably E Ecuador.
H. c. conversa
J. T. Zimmer, 1950 – E Bolivia.
H. c. cyanus
(Vieillot, 1818) – coastal E Brazil from Pernambuco S to Rio de Janeiro.
H. c. griseiventris
Grantsau, 1988 – SE Brazil (coastal São Paulo; N Paraná). Old record from NE Argentina (Buenos Aires).
8–9 cm; 2·8–3·5 g. Male has bill straight, medium-sized, coral red except for dark tip, or with darker upper mandible; forehead, crown, cheeks,... read more
Like Amazilia sapphirina, male sings from solitary perch, usually a high, rather open,... read more
Inhabits edges of tropical lowland evergreen forests, gallery forests, riparian woodland, clearings... read more
Food and feeding
Forages for nectar of various plant species, including Verbenaceae, Loranthaceae, Malvaceae, Lamiaceae, Leguminosae, Myrtaceae, Rutaceae,... read more
Almost year-round, e.g. Sept–Nov in SE Brazil (nominate), Nov–Feb in N Amazonian Brazil (viridiventris) and Dec–... read more
Some local dispersal, especially in eastern parts of range, and in Venezuela considered highly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common in more humid areas along forest borders and in riparian woodland; less common in more arid habitats. Accepts man-made... read more
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