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Purple-throated Woodstar - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by cfagyal
Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador, September 2004
Philodice mitchellii

Calliphlox mitchellii


Photo © by kitefarrago
Tandayapa Lodge, Pichincha, Ecuador, July 2016

6·8–7·5 cm (2¾-3 in)
White or pale orange spot on flanks

  • Dusky bronze-green upperparts
  • White patch either side of rump
  • Purple gorget
  • White half collar
  • Dark flanks
  • Llong tail


  • White or orange speckled throat
  • Orange belly

Similar Species

Juvenile male
Photo © by kitefarrago
Tandayapa Lodge, Pichincha, Ecuador, July 2016

Both sexes are similar to the White-bellied Woodstar.


In Central America found in tropical eastern Panama (Darién). In South America found in western Colombia and southwestern Ecuador.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid forest and forest borders. Found from the coast to 2400 m.



With a very insect-like flight, they hold themselves horizontally, fly much more deliberately and less jerkily, and do not often perch on the feeders.


Their main diet consists of nectar from flowering trees. They also hawk for flying insects.


They construct a cup-shaped nest from fine fibres and spiders web. It is placed about 8-12 m from the ground on thick branches in tall trees.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/A6345E7E ]. Retrieved 9 December 2021
  3. Schuchmann, K.L. and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Purple-throated Woodstar (Philodice mitchellii), 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.putwoo1.01

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