Collared Inca Coeligena torquata

Colombian name: Inca Collarejo
Collared Inca, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Colombia
April 2012

The Collared Inca is distributed in the Andes from north-west Venezuela through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia. However, some authorities give species status to the Bolivian population calling it Gould's Inca C. inca which has a rufous rather than white collar. There is a distribution map at NatureServe.

Collared Inca, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image It is found in the understorey of cloudforest and forest borders and is normally at higher altitudes than Bronzy inca C. coeligena - usually between 2,200 and 3,000 metres.

It feeds by traplining on nectar bearing flowers and shrubs as well as catching insects.

Collared Inca, Cerro Montezuma, Tatamá, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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