White-tailed Hillstar Urochroa leucura
(aka Green-backed Hillstar)

White-tailed Hillstar, Cabanas San Isidro, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image Ecuador
November 2019

The White-tailed Hillstar is distributed on the eastern slope of the Andes from southern Colombia through Ecuador to northern Peru. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in forest and at forest edges at between 1,600 and 2,800 metres and is often near streams.

White-tailed Hillstar, Cocodrilos Road, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image It is very similar to Rufous-gaped Hillstar U. bougueri found on the west slope and until recently these two were lumped together. The split was on the basis of the lack of or minimal rufous gape compared to a well developed rufous gape; the glittering dark green crown and back cf. dusky-bronze; the bronzy-green central upper tail cf. blue-black; a more violet breast patch and more white on the tail.
White-tailed Hillstar, Cocodrilos Road, Ecuador, November 2019 - click for larger image
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