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Nominate subspecies
Photo by Steve G
Asa Wright Nature Centre grounds, Trinidad, May 2006
Heliomaster longirostris


Female, nominate subspecies
Photo by Pantanal1
Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil

11–12 cm (4¼-4¾ in) long straight bill

  • Bronze-green upperparts but white on central rump
  • Blue crown
  • White moustachial stripe
  • Reddish throat
  • Greyish to white underparts
  • Black tail

Female: similar, apart from a green crown and purple-edged black throat


Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • H. l. pallidiceps:
  • H. l. longirostris:
  • H. l. albicrissa:

Two additional subspecies stuartae and masculinus are generally considered invalid[2].


In the canopy of fairly humid forest.



The 2 eggs are laid in a small cup nest in a tree.


Diet consists of nectar, taken from a variety of tree flowers, and some insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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