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Male, Subspecies schreibersii
Photo by edenwatcher
Copalinga Lodge, near Zamora,south-eastern Ecuador, March 2006
Heliodoxa schreibersii

Identification

11·5–13 cm (4½-5 in)

  • Dark, almost straight, bill

Male

  • Green forehead
  • Purple upper breast

Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Female, Subspecies schreibersii
Photo by mmdnje
Copalinga Lodge. Bombuscaro, Ecuador, December 2007

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • H. s. schreibersii:
  • H. s. whitelyana:
  • Tropical eastern Peru

Habitat

Rain forests, tall humid forests and scrub. Observed at heights around 1,400 m.

Behaviour

Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar from flowering plants. They generally forage at heights about 2-4 m.

Breeding

The female incubates the two white eggs.

Gallery

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References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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