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Photo © by juninhoRoad to Manu NP, Peru, October 2015
Photo © by juninho
Road to Manu NP, Peru, October 2015
Aglaeactis cupripennis


[edit] Identification

12–13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Short, straight black bill
  • Dark brown crown and mantle

[edit] Distribution

South America: Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

[edit] Taxonomy

Subspecies cupripennisPhoto © by Gerald FriesenYanacocha Reserve, Pichincha Province, Ecuador, April, 2018
Subspecies cupripennis
Photo © by Gerald Friesen
Yanacocha Reserve, Pichincha Province, Ecuador, April, 2018

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • A. c. cupripennis:
  • A. c. caumatonota:
  • Andes of south-central Peru (JunĂ­n, ApurĂ­mac, Ayacucho and Cuzco)

[edit] Habitat

Paramo with scattered shrubs and trees.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar taken from flowering terrestrial bromeliads, vines and trees.

[edit] Breeding

Subspecies cupripennisPhoto © by DigitalbconBogotá, Colombia, South America, February 2008
Subspecies cupripennis
Photo © by Digitalbcon
Bogotá, Colombia, South America, February 2008

They construct a cup-shaped nest from moss and cobwebs.

[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 June 2018)

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