French: Colibri elvire German: Grüner Elvirakolibri Spanish: Esmeralda de Elvira
Trochilus (Thaumatias?) chionura
David, Chiriquí, Panama
Pacific slope from SW Costa Rica to C Panama (Coclé); reaches Caribbean slope locally in Panama.
7·5–8 cm; male 3·3 g, female 3·1 g. Bill nearly straight, black except for pinkish basal half of mandible, feet dark grey. Male bronzy green above... read more
Song a prolonged, thin scratchy twittering mixed with buzzing or gurgling notes, rising and falling... read more
Moist to wet mountain forest, shaded coffee plantations and gardens, old second growth; in forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering shrubs and vines along forest borders and within forest. Takes small aerial arthropods by hawking.
Jun–Nov during wet season. Breeding males form small leks of 2–5 or fewer, though often solitary. Nest apparently undescribed.
Not well understood; outside breeding season recorded both above and below breeding areas in Costa... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Locally common in lower part of La Amistad National Park and at... read more
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