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Photo © by renato.santos.4b
Brazil, 5 January 2021

Alternative name: Gilded Sapphire

Hylocharis chrysura


Photo © by Fritz73
Puerto Iguazu, Misiones, Argentina, 2002


  • Iridescent golden green
  • Medium-sized straight bill, red with black tip
  • Very small white postocular spot
  • Pale rufous chin
  • Rectrices glittering golden bronze


  • Similar, but duller
  • Greyish lower belly


Photo © by Lcverissimo
Tamarana, Paraná, Brasil, October2012

South America: found from Bolivia to Paraguay, Uruguay, south-eastern Brazil and northern Argentina


Usually regarded as monotypic.

Described subspecies platensis from South Brazil not accepted by most authorities and size and colour differences regarded as clinal.


Found in gardens, plantations, forest edge and savannas, usually between 200 m and 1000 m, sometimes higher.



Feeds on nectar of different plants. Takes also small insects and collects spiders from their web.


Breeding season from September to February in Brazil. The small nest is cup-shaped and placed exposed on a thin horizontal branch, 4 to 6 m above the ground, occasionally higher. Two eggs are laid.


Migratory in parts of its range, but the migration pattern is poorly understood.


  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. Schuchmann, K.L., G. M. Kirwan, and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Gilded Hummingbird (Hylocharis chrysura), 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.gilhum1.01

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