Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis ellioti)


Taxonomy

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

Atthis ellioti

Ridgway

, 1878,

Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55659 on 24 June 2019).