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Alternative names: Glittering Starfrontlet
14cm (5Â˝ in) with black bill and black legs and feet but pale (white to pinkish) soles
 Similar Species
Golden-bellied Starfrontlet has bronze to cinnamon on uppertail coverts and rump, not golden-green like here
South America: found in PĂˇramo Frontino, Farallones del CitarĂˇ, and a couple of other high peak areas of Western Andes in north-west Colombia. This species is considered endangered. The original range estimate was about 25 km2, since first increased 40 fold and then again decreased to about 50 km2.
It is not believed to overlap in distribution with other members of the genus Coeligena.
Elfin forest, timberline, paramo, and adjacent tall humid forest on the highest peaks of Western Andes; at heights around 3100 m to 3500 m asl.
Normally they are not seen in pairs when in the field but seem to be in couples while at or near feeders.
The diet consists of insects and nectar. They prefer to feed just below the paramo at the treeline and they love flowers of Ericaceae plants.
Males, and sometimes male and female, can engage in bill to bill encounters.
They are generally silent.
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