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Blue-tufted Starthroat

From Opus

Photo © by ibera Esteros del Ibera, Argentina, December 2006
Photo © by ibera
Esteros del Ibera, Argentina, December 2006
Heliomaster furcifer


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Helmut Schumann Pantanal, Brazil, July 2009
Photo © by Helmut Schumann
Pantanal, Brazil, July 2009

12Β·6–13 cm (5-5ΒΌ in)
Emerald-green crown, nape and upper mantle
The female of this species show a little white area behind the eye, have white tips on the forked tail, and lacks the white streak on lower central back found in other Starthroat species.
It seems to be the Starthroat species with least speckling on the throat.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, central and southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Photo © by Marcelo AllendePosadas, Misiones, Argentina, March 2012
Photo © by Marcelo Allende
Posadas, Misiones, Argentina, March 2012

Mid-level humid forests and dry savanna.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of nectar from a variety of flowers.

[edit] Breeding

They construct a cup-shaped nest from soft fibres; the outside is decorated with lichen. It is place 3-6m above the ground.

[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
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2019)

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