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Photo © by juninho
Road to Manu NP, Peru, October 2015
Aglaeactis cupripennis


12–13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Short, straight black bill
  • Dark brown crown and mantle


South America: Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


Subspecies cupripennis
Photo © by Gerald Friesen
Yanacocha Reserve, Pichincha Province, Ecuador, April, 2018


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • A. c. cupripennis:
  • A. c. caumatonota:
  • Andes of south-central Peru (Junín, Apurímac, Ayacucho and Cuzco)


Paramo with scattered shrubs and trees.



Their main diet consists of nectar taken from flowering terrestrial bromeliads, vines and trees.


Subspecies cupripennis
Photo © by Digitalbcon
Bogotá, Colombia, South America, February 2008

They construct a cup-shaped nest from moss and cobwebs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2018)

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