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Male on the left; female on the right
Photo by arthurgrosset
Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, March 2004
Chlorostilbon aureoventris

Chlorostilbon lucidus


Male: Head mostly green with blue limited, not surrounding eye; bill red with black tip. Upperparts green, contrasting with dark blue, forked tail.
Female: differs from the male in having a white streak behind the eye, whitish throat and breast, pale grey tips to the tail and a longer area of black on the bill.


Photo by Luiz
Simon Hotel, Itatiaia National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, November 2006

South America: found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.



Four subspecies are recognized:

  • C. a. pucherani:
  • Eastern Brazil (Maranhão and Ceará to Paraná)
  • C. a. aureoventris:*
  • C. a. igneus:
  • North-western Argentina (Jujuy and Chaco to Mendoza and San Luis)
  • C. a. berlepschi:
  • Southern Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul) to Uruguay and north-eastern Argentina

*This species is sometimes listed as Chlorostilbon lucidus in which case the nominate subspecies also changes to lucidus.


Forest edges, scrub and savanna.



Their diet consists mainly of nectar.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2014)
  3. BF Member observations

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