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Gould's Jewelfront - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Stanley Jones
Madre de Dios Region, Peru, September, 2009
Heliodoxa aurescens


11–12 cm
Sexes slightly sexually dimorphic; female has same pattern but is duller with purple crown patch duller, diminished, or absent.


South America: found from eastern Colombia to northern Bolivia, southern Venezuela and western Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland river-edge forest, observed at heights around 488 m elevation. Humid Forest Life Zone.



They drink nectar from flowering shrubs and hawk flying insects.


  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 May 2014)
  3. BF Member observations

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