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Ssp. montivagus ; Female : Dorsal
Photo by Stanley Jones
Terapoto, San Martin, Peru, December 2016
Aeronautes montivagus


13 cm (5 in)

  • Broad inner wing
  • Pointed outer wing


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina



Female, Subspecies montivagus : Ventral
Photo by Stanley Jones
Terapoto, San Martin, Peru, December 2016

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • A. m. montivagus:
  • A. m. tatei:
  • Tepuis of southern Venezuela and extreme northern Brazil; sight records from Guyana and Suriname presumably also refer to this subspecies


Mountainous evergreen forests, secondary and lowland evergreen forests.



Their main diet consists of flies and other flying insects, such as bees and wasps.


  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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