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(Redirected from Boissonneaua matthewsii)
Photo © by edenwatcher
Tapichalaca, Ecuador, March 2006
Boissonneaua matthewsii


12 cm (4¾ in)

  • Underside orange-chestnut except for a green area on the throat
  • Upperside green
  • Tail mixed chestnut and green
  • Wings dark
  • Bill short and straight, dark
  • Feet pink
Photo © by steveblain
San Isidro, Ecuador, November 2004

Different sources disagree whether female is like male or if it is more like juveniles.
Juvenile: with more green on flanks, less chestnut on underside and especially with buffy edges to green on throat.


South America: found in the Andes of extreme south-eastern Colombia, Ecuador and eastern Peru. Mainly on the east side of the Andes, but from southern Ecuador also on the west side.


This is a monotypic species1.


Moist montane forests, both borders and interior. At heights between 1200–2600m.


Usually solitary and highly territorial.


They often cling to flowers when foraging for nectar in the canopy.


They construct a cup-shaped nest from moss and lichen. The clutch consist of two eggs which are incubated by the female.


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  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Erize et al. 2006 Birds of South America, non-passerines. Princeton Illustrated Checklists, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-12688-7
  4. Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2019). Chestnut-breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55545 on 2 August 2019).

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