|Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia
Colombian name: Colibrí Pechipunteado
Blanco, Caldas, Colombia
The Speckled Hummingbird is distributed from Venezuela through the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and into north-western Argentina. See the map at Natureserve. It is found in humid forest and forest borders at between 1,000 and 2,500 metres but is commonest at about 2,000 metres.
|It has a short, straight bill
and is bronzy green above. It has blackish cheeks and a buffy
streak behind the eye. Below is buffy white and the tail has
buffy tips. There are 7 sub-species and this one from the central
Andes is A. m. cervina which has fine brown spots on the
throat and richer buff underparts than the other
It feeds on nectar often by perching or clinging as well as hovering and also feeds on insects.
|I originally mis-identified
this bird but was relieved to note that Steve Hilty says in
of Colombia: "Duller and browner than most hummingbirds
and often mistaken for a female or immature."
Its call is a rapid and repeated dit-dit.
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