Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

White-tailed Starfrontlet (Coeligena phalerata)


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

Leucuria phalerata


, 1898,

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




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


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


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


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


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Generally common. This species is... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2020). 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 on 26 February 2020).