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Chestnut-breasted Coronet

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Photo by edenwatcherTapichalaca, Ecuador, March 2006
Photo by edenwatcher
Tapichalaca, Ecuador, March 2006
Boissonneaua matthewsii


[edit] Identification

Photo by steveblainSan Isidro, Ecuador, November 2004
Photo by steveblain
San Isidro, Ecuador, November 2004

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.
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.

[edit] Distribution

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.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

Usually solitary and highly territorial.

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] Breeding

Photo by Stanley JonesAmazonas, Abra Patricia Reserve, Owlet Lodge, Peru, January 2017
Photo by Stanley Jones
Amazonas, Abra Patricia Reserve, Owlet Lodge, Peru, January 2017

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

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)

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