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Artwork by Gustavo Jimenez
Location: Venezuela Andes
Heliangelus spencei


9.4 cm.
Dark green above, dusky crown with greenish-blue frontlet (though sometimes described as silvery), black ear coverts, bold white spot behind the eye, glittering pinkish-purple throat, breast and belly pale yellowish with green spots. Females resemble males but are duller, with a maroon throat.


North-east Colombia and nearest Venezuela.


Formerly included in Amethyst-throated Sunangel.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Edges of forest and bushy areas nearby in montane areas of 2000-3600 m asl.




  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). Merida Sunangel (Heliangelus spencei), 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.amtsun4.01

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