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Photo by Stanley Jones
Refugio Paz de los Aves, Ecuador, December, 2007
Pharomachrus auriceps


Length 33.5-35.5cm
Brilliant emerald green above, with scarlet chest and belly.
Head is forest green with golden sheen on top.
Wings black with white patches.
Bill orange-yellow
Brilliant emerald green above (not as bright as male), with brownish chest and orange belly.
Head is brownish.
Wings black with white patches.
Bill brown
Brilliant emerald green above (not as bright as an adult), with scarlet chest and belly (not as bright as an adult) .
Head is brownish.
Wings black with white patches.
Bill orange-yellow

Photo by Jose Ramon
Near Nanegalito, Pichincha province, Ecuador, November 2014


Central America: Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • P. a. hargitti:
  • P. a. auriceps:
  • Mountains of eastern Panama (Cerro Pirre), and Andes from Colombia south, on the west slope, to northwestern Peru (Cajamarca), and on the east slope south to Bolivia (south to western Santa Cruz)


Sub-canopy and mid-levels of subtropical and temperate forest on both slopes of the Andes, mostly between 1000 and 2800m.



Frugivorous. Swoops to take fruit with a flutter of wings.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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