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Colibri delphinae
Photo by cfagyal
Tandayapa, Ecuador, September 2004


Male and female similar.
Immatures give a more rufous impression of the underside.
Photos of this species gives a very variable impression.


Young Bird
Photo © by NJ Larsen
Mountain House, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, 19 August 2023

Central America and northern half of South America
Central America: Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil


Some authorities has this as a monotypic species[1], others also recognize subspecies greenwalti[2].


Subtropical cloudforest, second growth and clearings. Forest edges and gardens. Observed between 700 and 1700 m.


Forages from understory to tree tops. Visits garden feeders.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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