Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Hummingbird (Leucochloris albicollis)


French: Colibri à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlkolibri Spanish: Colibrí gargantilla

Trochilus albicollis


, 1818,

São Paulo, Brazil


Proposed form L. malvina, known only from type specimen from Rio de Janeiro, may be a hybrid of present species and Chlorostilbon lucidus. Monotypic.


E Paraguay, SE Brazil (SE Minas Gerais and S Espírito Santo to Rio Grande do Sul), Uruguay and NE Argentina (Misiones, N Buenos Aires); possibly also E Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

10–11·5 cm; male 5–8 g, female 4·5 g. Male has bill straight, medium-sized, maxilla blackish, mandible flesh-red with dark tip; upperparts golden to... read more


Song a series of 4–10 high-pitched, buzzy notes, with emphasis on the first, “bzeeeee-bzee-bzee-... read more


Found along forest edges and in marshy habitats; also in open areas with scrub, or parks and... read more

Food and feeding

Forages for nectar at various native and introduced plant species; often seen at Leguminosae (Dahlstedtia, Erythrina,... read more


Oct–Mar. Nest cup-shaped, and consists of plant down and moss, externally decorated with lichens fixed with cobweb; built on... read more


Some local dispersal.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Especially common in SE parts of range where widely adapted to man-made habitats. Range extension at SW limits of distribution; recent... read more

Recommended citation

Weller, A.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). White-throated Hummingbird (Leucochloris albicollis). 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 19 February 2020).