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Photo © by Luis R
Amaranta, Los Teques, Estado Miranda, Venezuela, June 2013
Chrysuronia oenone


9·5–10 cm

  • Black maxilla
  • Black-tipped red mandible
  • Blue head and throat


North-west South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.



Male : Ssp. josephinae
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Waganqui Lodge, Moyobamba, San Martín, Peru, Dec-2016

Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. o. oenone:
  • C. o. josephinae:
  • Tropical eastern Amazonian Peru
  • C. o. alleni:


Humid lowland and montane forests, clearings and edges; also in the gallery of old second growth forests. Observed at heights around 860 m,.



Female, subspecies josephinae
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Moyobamba, Amazonas Department, Peru, November 2013

Takes the nectar from flowering trees and shrubs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
  4. BF Member observations

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