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Male, subspecies micans
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Canopy Tower. Canal Zone, Soberania National Park, Semaphore Hill, Panamá Province, Panama, December 2017
Chalybura buffonii


10·5–12 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Black bill and feet


  • Metallic green upperparts


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Colón Province, Panama, February, 2011

Central and South America: found from Panama to Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.



Photo © by Luis R
Parque Nacional El Ávila, Caracas, Venezuela, March 2014

Four to five subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. b. micans:
  • C. b. buffonii:
  • North-central Colombia (Magdalena Valley) and north-western Venezuela
  • C. b. aeneicauda:
  • North Colombia (Santa Marta region) and northern Venezuela
  • C. b. caeruleogaster:
  • Eastern slope of the central Eastern Andes of Colombia
  • C. b. intermedia:
  • Subtropical south-western Ecuador and north-western Peru (Tumbes)

The subspecies intermedia has in the past been treated as a full species or as a subspecies of Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer.


Various forest types - mixed evergreen and deciduous; dry, moist and wet forests, forest edges, semi-open and secondary growth, as well as coffee plantations. Observed at heights around 234 m.



Subspecies Intermedia
Photo © by njlarsen
El Tundo, Loja, SW Ecuador, 9 June 2019

Their main diet consists of nectar from various tree sources.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
  3. BF Member observations

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