Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

White-tailed Starfrontlet (Coeligena phalerata)


Taxonomy

French: Inca à queue blanche German: Weißschwanz-Andenkolibri Spanish: Inca coliblanco
Taxonomy:

Leucuria phalerata

Bangs

, 1898,

Macotama; error = San Miguel, Santa Marta Mts, Colombia

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.

Descriptive notes

c. 14 cm. Male has long, straight, black bill; head and crown glittering turquoise, small white postocular spot; upperparts metallic dark green; underparts emerald green with... read more

Voice

Calls include a high-pitched chattering “tsee-tsee-tsi-tsi-tsirrrrr” and lower-pitched short... read more

Habitat

Interior and borders of humid and wet montane forest at 1400–3700 m. Slight differences... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Fuchsia, bromeliads, banana and probably of a similar range of flowers as other Coeligena.... read more

Breeding

Feb–Apr based on gonadal condition of specimens. No further information available.

Movements

No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Generally common. This species is endemic to the Santa Marta Mts, the... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2018). White-tailed Starfrontlet (Coeligena phalerata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55563 on 23 October 2018).