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Photo by Steve Blain
Antisana, Ecuador, March 2005
Oreotrochilus chimborazo



High Andes of Ecuador and south west Colombia .


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • O. c. jamesonii:
  • Andes of extreme southern Colombia (southern Nariño) to southern Ecuador (south to Azuay)
  • O. c. chimborazo:
  • Andes of central Ecuador (Volcán Chimborazo, possibly also Volcán Quilotoa)


High-altitude grassland. Observed at heights around 4,500m elevation.



  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. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Heynen, I. and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Ecuadorian Hillstar (Oreotrochilus chimborazo), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.ecuhil1.01

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