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White-sided Hillstar

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MalePhoto © by Fritz73 Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina, 2003
Photo © by Fritz73
Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina, 2003
Oreotrochilus leucopleurus


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by Luis RFarellones, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, January 2019
Photo © by Luis R
Farellones, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, January 2019

13–15 cm (5-6 in)

  • Black, slightly curved bill

[edit] Similar species

Similar to Andean Hillstar

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in the Andes of southern Bolivia, to south-central Chile (Bío-Bío) and southern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

High-altitude shrubland and grassland (prepuna) with dwarf bushes, columnar cacti. Found at heights around 1200–4000 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar.

[edit] Breeding

They construct a large cup-shaped nest, sticking it to the face of a rock. Their clutch contains 2 eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2019)

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