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White-vented Plumeleteer

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Male, subspecies micansPhoto © by Stanley Jones Canopy Tower. Canal Zone, Soberania National Park, Semaphore Hill, Panamá Province, Panama, December 2017
Male, subspecies micans
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Canopy Tower. Canal Zone, Soberania National Park, Semaphore Hill, Panamá Province, Panama, December 2017
Chalybura buffonii

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[edit] Identification

10·5–12 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Black bill and feet

Male

  • Metallic green upperparts

[edit] Distribution

FemalePhoto © by Stanley Jones  Colón Province,  Panama, February, 2011
Female
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Colón Province, Panama, February, 2011

Central and South America: found from Panama to Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Photo © by Luis RParque Nacional El Ávila, Caracas, Venezuela, March 2014
Photo © by Luis R
Parque Nacional El Ávila, Caracas, Venezuela, March 2014

Four to five subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. b. micans:
  • C. b. buffonii:
  • North-central Colombia (Magdalena Valley) and north-western Venezuela
  • C. b. aeneicauda:
  • North Colombia (Santa Marta region) and northern Venezuela
  • C. b. caeruleogaster:
  • Eastern slope of the central Eastern Andes of Colombia
  • C. b. intermedia:
  • Subtropical south-western Ecuador and north-western Peru (Tumbes)

The subspecies intermedia has in the past been treated as a full species or as a subspecies of Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer.

[edit] Habitat

Various forest types - mixed evergreen and deciduous; dry, moist and wet forests, forest edges, semi-open and secondary growth, as well as coffee plantations. Observed at heights around 234 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Subspecies IntermediaPhoto © by njlarsenEl Tundo, Loja, SW Ecuador, 9 June 2019
Subspecies Intermedia
Photo © by njlarsen
El Tundo, Loja, SW Ecuador, 9 June 2019

Their main diet consists of nectar from various tree sources.

[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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
  3. BF Member observations

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