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Photo © by megan perkins
Leimebamba, Northern Peru, November 2011
Lesbia nuna


Male 15·3–17 cm; female 11·6 cm
Relatively straight bill

  • Bright green plumage

Female has green-spotted white underparts

Similar Species

Black-tailed Trainbearer has a bill that is more strongly curved.

Photo © by Oregonian
La Florida, Amazonas, Peru, November 2009


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



There are 7 recognized subspecies[1]:

  • L. n. gouldii:
  • L. n. gracilis:
  • Andes of northern and central Ecuador
  • L. n. aureliae:
  • Andes of southeastern Ecuador (Azuay to Loja)
  • L. n. pallidiventris:
  • Andes of northern Peru
  • L. n. eucharis (chlorura):
  • Andes of central Peru (Huánuco)
  • L. n. nuna:
  • Andes of southeastern Peru
  • L. n. (boliviana):
  • Andes of Bolivia (La Paz to Cochabamba)


Male, subspecies pallidiventris
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Florida Pomachochas, Amazonas Department, Peru, November 2013

Bushy slopes and woodlands, gardens and hotel grounds. Observed at heights around 1,700 - 3,800 m.



Their main diet consists of nectar. They seem to particularly favour lantana flowers.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Züchner, T., P. F. D. Boesman, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Green-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia nuna), 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.grttra1.01
  4. BF Member observations

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