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Purple-throated Woodstar

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Photo by cfagyal Photo taken at the Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador, September 2004
Photo by cfagyal
Photo taken at the Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador, September 2004
Calliphlox mitchellii

Philodice mitchellii



FemalePhoto by kitefarragoTandayapa Lodge, Pichincha, Ecuador, July 2016
Photo by kitefarrago
Tandayapa Lodge, Pichincha, Ecuador, July 2016

6·8–7·5 cm (2¾-3 in)
White or pale orange spot on flanks

  • Dusky bronze-green upperparts
  • White patch either side of rump
  • Purple gorget
  • White half collar
  • Dark flanks
  • Llong tail


  • White or orange speckled throat
  • Orange belly

Similar Species

Both sexes are similar to the White-bellied Woodstar.


Central and South America: found in Panama, Colombia and Ecuador.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid forest and forest borders. Found from the coast to 2400 m.



With a very insect-like flight, they hold themselves horizontally, fly much more deliberately and less jerkily, and do not often perch on the feeders.


Their main diet consists of nectar from flowering trees. They also hawk for flying insects.


They construct a cup-shaped nest from fine fibres and spiders web. It is placed about 8-12 m from the ground on thick branches in tall trees.


  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 Feb 2018)

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