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Gray-bellied Comet - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Taphrolesbia griseiventris)
Photo © by Thibaud Aronson
Sangal Canyon, Cajamarca, Peru, 26 April 2022

Alternative name: Gray-breasted Comet

Taphrolesbia griseiventris


14-17 cm.

  • Straight black bill
  • Bronzy-green upperparts
  • White postocular spot
  • Light grey underparts with blue throat
  • Long, deeply forked tail
  • Bottle green to golden-orange at tips of rectrices

Female is similar but has no blue throat and a shorter and less forked tail.
Immatures are similar to adults but with a tawny throat and breast.


Endemic to the Andes of northwestern Peru (southern Cajamarca to western Huánuco).
A rather rare restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.


Found in bushy semi-arid areas with thickets or scattered trees in canyons and partly cultivated hillsides.
Occurs at 2600 to 3500 m.



Seen taking nectar from a flowering cacti, Puya, Amaryllidaceae and Agave.


No information.


Presumably a sedentary species.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1999. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 5: Barn-Owls to Hummingbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334252

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