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White-bellied Woodstar

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MalePhoto by ejaramillo Cuenca, Ecuador
Photo by ejaramillo
Cuenca, Ecuador
Chaetocercus mulsanti

Acestrura mulsant


[edit] Identification

8·5 cm (3¼-3½ in)

  • Bluish-green upperparts and flanks
  • White breast
  • Lilac throat
  • White post-ocular spot continues with a line to join breast
FemalePhoto by mmdnje Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador, December 2007
Photo by mmdnje
Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador, December 2007

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

This and other species have previously been placed in genus Acestrura which is generally not currently recognized as valid.

[edit] Habitat

Edges of humid forest, highland pastures, and cultivated areas, riparian vegetation. At heights around

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

JuvenilePhoto by Stanley JonesGuango Lodge, Papallacta, Napo Province, Ecuador, January 2016
Photo by Stanley Jones
Guango Lodge, Papallacta, Napo Province, Ecuador, January 2016

Not a lot is known about their diet, but they have been observed feeding on the nectar of flowering agave and other small flowers.

[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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2016)

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