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(Redirected from Polytmus theresiae)
Photo © by Anselmo d Affonseca
Amazonas, Brazil, Sept., 2016
Polytmus theresiae


Photo © by Luiz
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, 30 September 2016

8·9–9·9 cm
It has a slightly decurved bill where the lower mandible is pinkish with a darker tip. There is a small white mark behind the eyes. Otherwise it is bronzy green above and a pale golden-green below.

The female is white below with large spangles of green.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, The Guianas, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. t. theresiae:
  • The Guianas and north-central Brazil (Amazonas, Pará and Amapá)
  • P. t. leucorrhous:
  • Savanna of Colombia to southern Venezuela and north-western; also locally in eastern Peru (Loreto, Madre de Dios) and locally in northwestern Bolivia (La Paz, Beni)


Lowland forests and forest edges, fresh water habitats and sandy savanna with bushes. Found at heights between 100 to 300 m.



It is a trap-line feeder on nectar but also hawks for insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/5CA2331E]. Retrieved 12 February 2021
  3. Schuchmann, K.L., G. M. Kirwan, and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Green-tailed Goldenthroat (Polytmus theresiae), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.grtgol1.01
  4. Arthur Grosset

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