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Peruvian Sheartail

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Post-breeding MalePhoto by Stanley JonesSanta Eulalia Canyon, Lima, Peru, August 2017
Post-breeding Male
Photo by Stanley Jones
Santa Eulalia Canyon, Lima, Peru, August 2017
Thaumastura cora


[edit] Identification

13 cm (5 in), female 7–8 cm (2¾-3 in)

  • Long, 7cm tail
  • iridescent green upperparts
  • Rosy-purple chin

[edit] Similar species

Chilean Woodstar and Oasis Hummingbird

[edit] Distribution

Photo by JanArras Arequipa, Peru,  July 2005
Photo by JanArras
Arequipa, Peru, July 2005

South America: Arid western Peru to extreme northern Chile (Arica) and possibly Ecuador.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Subtropical or tropical dry and moist shrubland in the coastal zone and the lower Andes slopes up to 2400 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of nectar from flowering shrubs, trees and cactus.

[edit] Breeding

They construct a small cup nest placed in the fork of vertical branches 3-6 m above the ground. They use plant fibres bound with spiders web.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)

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