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Rainbow-bearded Thornbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Steve Sanchez
Nevado del Ruiz - Manizales - Colombia, October 2016
Chalcostigma herrani


10–12 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Short, straight black bill
  • Green upper and underparts
  • Coppery-red upper-tail coverts and rump


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru



Photo by steveblain
Yanacocha, Ecuador, November 2005
  • C. h. tolimae
  • Central Andes of Colombia (Volcán de Tolima)
  • C. h. herrani:
  • West Andes of southern Colombia to extreme northern Peru (Piura)


Cloud forests, open shrubby paramo (high altitude tundra).



Their main diet consists of nectar gleaned in hover-flights, though often clings to the flowers when feeding. They also eat some insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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