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Photo © by Steve G
Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad, May 2006
Chlorestes notata

Chlorostilbon notatus


Photo by DABS
Petit Valley, Trinidad, July 2018

Male 8–9·7 cm (3-3¾ in); Female 7–8 cm (2¾-3 in)

  • Dark green upperparts
  • Paler green underparts
  • White thighs
  • Blue upper throat
  • Forked metallic blue tail
  • Black upper mandible, red lower

Female:green-spotted white underparts.


Colombia to Peru, Brazil, and The Guianas.


Proposals have been made to transfer this species to genus Chlorostilbon


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. n. notata:
  • C. n. puruensis:
  • C. n. obsoleta:
  • North-eastern Peru (lower Río Ucayali near mouth of Río Napo)


Rainforest and cultivated areas with large trees.



The nest is a deep cup made from lichen and plant material, placed about 1 m above ground on a thin branch. The eggs are incubated for 16 days and the young fledge 18-19 days later.


The diet consists mostly of nectar, with the addition of some insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)

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