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Heliangelus clarisse


9.4 cm. Dark green above, dusky crown with emerald green frontlet, black ear coverts, bold white spot behind the eye, glittering pinkish-purple throat, breast and belly iridescent green mixed with grey. Females resemble males but are duller.


Colombia and Venezuela


Formerly included in Amethyst-throated Sunangel.


Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • H. c. violiceps
  • Sierra de Perijá (Colombia/Venezuela border)
  • H. c. clarisse
  • Eastern Andes of Colombia and adjacent western Venezuela


Cloud forest edges and sometimes more open areas in humid mountains at elevations of 1800-3600 m asl.


Diet includes nectar and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. del Hoyo, J., I. Heynen, N. Collar, P. F. D. Boesman, G. M. Kirwan, and C. J. Sharpe (2022). Longuemare's Sunangel (Heliangelus clarisse), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.amtsun2.01

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