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Photo by Luis R
Boconó, Estado Trujillo, Venezuela, July 2012
Chaetocercus heliodor

Acestrura heliodor


6,4 cm, Bill 1,3 cm


This is a scarce hummingbird found on the eastern side of the Andes in Central and north-western South America: occurs in Panama, Colombia Venezuela and Ecuador


Female, race cleavesi
Photo by steveblain
Guango, Ecuador, January 2006


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. h. heliodor:
  • C. h. cleavesi:


Humid and wet forest and forest edges.


Often seen hovering beelike or perched alone

Photo by dubi
Guango Lodge, Ecuador, February 2009


Their diet consists of nectar and insects which are hawked aerially.


They make a cup-shaped nest.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)
  4. BF Member observations

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