Buff-tailed Coronet Boissonneaua flavescens

Colombian name: Colibrí Chupasavia
Buff-tailed Coronet, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia
April 2012

The Buff-tailed Coronet is distributed in the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. There is a distribution map at NatureServe.

Buff-tailed Coronet, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image It is found in forest and cloudforest and forest borders where it feeds on nectar typically clinging to the flowers like other high altitude hummingbirds. It is usually at between 2,000 and 3,500 metres.

The bill is quite short and straight. It is green above with a glittering green forehead and gorget. The breast is shining green while the belly is buff with green disks. The undertail is buff with darker tips. Like other members of the genus, it holds its wings up momentarily when landing, as in photo 1, and this displays its distinctive buffy under wing coverts.

Buff-tailed Coronet, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image

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