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Atthis ellioti

Wine-throated Hummingbird

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Thurber, Walter A., Thomas S. Schulenberg, and Carolyn W. Sedgwick

Atthis ellioti

Chelemhá Cloud Forest Reserve, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala; 25 September 2008 © Knut Eisermann

Male Wine-throated Hummingbirds have extravagant magenta gorgets but the throats of females are plain. These tiny hummers inhabit humid and semi-humid forests, pine-oak woodlands, and neighboring shrubby areas. Wine-throated Hummingbirds primarily feed on nectar and are able to easily steal nectar from the floral territories of other hummingbirds since they resemble a bee in size and flight pattern. During courtship displays. Males move back and forth in front of females as they call continuously.

Recommended Citation

Thurber, Walter A., Thomas S. Schulenberg, and Carolyn W. Sedgwick. 2013. Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis ellioti), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=25862

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:Pine-Oak forest
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  • Diet:Nectar
  • Sociality:Solitary
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  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern