- Metallura theresiae
11 cm (4¼ in)
- Straight black bill
- Olive-bronze overall plumage with coppery-red iridescence
There are 2 subspecies:
- M. t. parkeri:
- Andes of northern Peru (Cordillera de Colán)
- M. t. theresiae:
- Andes of northern Peru (Amazonas to Huánuco)
An additional subspecies rubriginosa is generally considered invalid.
Elfin forest with pockets of grassland sphagnum bogs, where they occur in shrubby open glades. Observed at heights around 3,589 m.
They hover-feed from flowers of Melastomataceae shrubs.
The female lays and incubates the two white eggs.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Coppery Metaltail. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 3 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Coppery_Metaltail