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Blue-throated Starfrontlet

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Coeligena helianthea
FemalePhoto  ©  by Dave  SmithObservatorio de Colibries, Colombia, July, 2019
Photo © by Dave Smith
Observatorio de Colibries, Colombia, July, 2019


[edit] Identification

13 cm (5 in)

  • Long straight black bill
  • Black head
  • Green forehead
  • White Post-ocular spot

[edit] Distribution

South America: found inColombia and Venezuela.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. h. helianthea:
  • Andes of north-eastern Colombia (Sierra de Perijá to Bogotá)
  • C. h. tamai:
  • Western Venezuela (Páramo de Tamá in Táchira)

[edit] Habitat

Moist montanes and high-altitude shrubland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar.

[edit] Breeding

They breed between May and October, but there is no other information currently available.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  1. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2019)

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