White-bellied Woodstar Chaetocercus mulsant
(aka Chaetocercus mulsanti)

Colombian name: Rumbito Buchiblanco
Female White-bellied Woodstar, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia
April 2012

The White-bellied Woodstar is distributed in the central and eastern Andes of Colombia, through Ecuador and Peru into Bolivia. See the distribution map at NatureServe. It is found at forest edges and farmland at between 1,500 and 2,800 metres.

The male is shining green above with a conspicuous white patch on the flank. The throat is glittering reddish violet with a broad white band across the upper breast extending up behind the eye. Below that there is a green band and a white belly. The female, shown here, has the white patch on the flank but the throat and upper breast band are whitish, the green breast band is indistinct, the flanks are cinnamon rufous and the centre of the belly is white.

They are usually solitary and hover at flowering shrubs and trees.

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