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Photo by kitefarrago
Guango Lodge, Napo Province, Ecuador, July 2016
Heliangelus exortis


Photo by rdavis
Northern Ecuador, November 2009

10–11 cm (4-4¼ in)) hummingbird with short straight bill.

  • Iridescent green above
  • Small white spot behind the eye
  • Chin is violet-blue
  • Gorget rosy-purple
  • Rear belly grey, undertail coverts white
  • Long forked tail

Female has a white throat of variable size and share the white undertail.


Photo by kitefarrago
Guango Lodge, Napo Province, Ecuador, July 2016

South America: found in Ecuador and Colombia, on the east slope of the Andes.

Generally between 2200-3100m. elevation.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Temperate or perhaps also subtropical moist montane forests to heavily degraded former forest.



Feeds from flowers and where available also comes to feeders. They are very territorial, defending their area very aggressively.


They female incubates their 2 eggs.


Holds wings aloft just after landing. Clings to flowers rather than hovering.


  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. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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