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Glow-throated Hummingbird

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Selasphorus ardens


[edit] Identification

7 cm
Male has rose-red to purple-red gorget, green uppersides, flank and mid breast. Rest of underside white. All tail feathers have black centers with cinnamon edges, but giving a blacker impression than Scintillant Hummingbird and lacking the green central rectrices of Volcano Hummingbird
Female may not have been reliably described ever[3]. IF a possibly immature specimen is a female, then that bird showed longer wing than Scintillant Hummingbird and longer bill then known male Glow-throated Hummingbird (as expected). It has green upperside with mostly whitish underside but cinnamon flanks and sides of rump. Tail has two central greenish rectrices, the next pair has a little green distally, and the remaining are similar to tails of the other two species but with rectrice tips that are pale cinnamon vs whitish (Volcano) or darker rufous (Scintillant).

A color plate for comparing these species is included in reference 3[3].

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in the mountains of western Panama: Chiriquí and Veraguas (though Chiriqui might be outside current range).

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Forest borders and clearings in highlands below 2000 m.

[edit] Behaviour

At the time of editing (2014) there is very little information available about their behaviour. Diet is thought to be similar to Scintillant Hummingbird

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2014)
  3. Published evaluation of all known specimens of Glow-throated Hummingbird

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