Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis ellioti)


French: Colibri d’Elliot German: Elliotelfe Spanish: Colibrí de Elliot

Atthis ellioti


, 1878,

Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala


Closely related to A. heloisa; has been considered conspecific, but the two differ in courtship behaviour, song structure, wing morphology, and coloration, and thus merit treatment as separate species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. e. ellioti Ridgway, 1878 – highlands of S Mexico (Chiapas) and Guatemala.
  • A. e. selasphoroides Griscom, 1932 – highlands of Honduras and N El Salvador.
  • Descriptive notes

    6·5–7 cm; 2–2·6 g. Very similar to A. heloisa. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts green, postocular stripe whitish,... read more


    Song a prolonged passerine-like soft warble, comprising several alternating notes and short phrases... read more


    Humid to semi-humid forest edges, pine and pine-oak woodland and clearings at 1500–3500 m.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Presumably feeds on a similar variety of floral nectar as A. heloisa. Visits Erythrina, Opuntia, Salvia... read more


    One record of a nest 1 m above the ground containing two chicks in Aug (Guatemala). Neither chicks nor nest have been described. No further... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in North Central American Highlands EBA. Common throughout range. Seems able to adapt to some extent to... read more

    Recommended citation

    Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2020). Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis ellioti). 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 23 February 2020).