Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

White-vented Violet-ear (Colibri serrirostris)


French: Colibri à ventre blanc German: Amethystohrkolibri Spanish: Colibrí orejimorado

Trochilus serrirostris


, 1816,





Bolivia and C Paraguay to S Brazil (from Mato Grosso E to Goiás, Bahia and Espírito Santo, S to Santa Catarina) and N Argentina (S to Córdoba).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 5·6–6·8 g. A medium-sized, shining green hummingbird with long, slightly decurved bill; male is lighter green than both C. coruscans... read more


Calls include a hard “drüg, drüg, drüg, drüg, drüg”, while the... read more


Semi-open terrain of several types including scrub, savanna, grassland and bushy gorges.... read more

Food and feeding

Very aggressive and territorial, commonly chasing competitors from flower patches; regularly visits Eucalyptus and Ceiba... read more


Dec–Apr, or Dec–Feb in São Paulo and Sept–Mar in Espírito Santo (both Brazil). All nest-building,... read more


Some populations make short migrations; birds at higher altitudes in Brazil (above tree-line) have... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common throughout much of range, particularly at medium altitudes; readily accepts man-made habitats, e.g. gardens and parks. Just two... read more

Recommended citation

Altshuler, D.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-vented Violet-ear (Colibri serrirostris). 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 9 December 2019).