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Blue-tufted Starthroat - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by ibera
Esteros del Ibera, Argentina, December 2006
Heliomaster furcifer


Photo © by Stanley Jones
El 44 Reserva Natural de Tiempo Libre, Capilla del Monte, Córdoba Province, Argentina, October 2019

12·6–13 cm (5-5¼ in)
Emerald-green crown, nape and upper mantle
The female of this species show a little white area behind the eye, have white tips on the forked tail, and lacks the white streak on lower central back found in other Starthroat species.
It seems to be the Starthroat species with least speckling on the throat.


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, central and southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo © by Marcelo Allende
Posadas, Misiones, Argentina, March 2012

Mid-level humid forests and dry savanna.



Their diet consists mostly of nectar from a variety of flowers.


They construct a cup-shaped nest from soft fibres; the outside is decorated with lichen. It is place 3-6m above the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2019)

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