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Stephanoxis lalandi


  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae


Stephanoxis lalandi

Cruce Caballero Provincial Park, Misiones, Argentina; 18 August 2010 © Martjan Lammertink

The Plovercrest's characteristic long, tapered crest, small size, and short tail distinguish it from all other hummingbirds. The male is mostly glossy green with an iridescent violet throat and breast. Males of the nominate race have green crowns and crests, while those of the race S. l. loddigesii from the southern part of the range have blue crowns and crests. The female is similar, but has a shorter crest and is dull white below. This species occurs in forest understory and edges, where it forages for nectar at all strata. It occurs in southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and northeastern Argentina (Missiones).


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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Plovercrest (Stephanoxis lalandi), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Second growth scrub
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Nectar
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern