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Aglaiocercus berlepschi

Venezuelan Sylph

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae


Aglaiocercus berlepschi

Piedra de Moler, Macizo de Caripe, Venezuela; 5 January 2012 © barloventomagico

The Venezuelan Sylph is a restricted-range endemic that is confined to the coastal cordillera of northeast Venezuela. A significant portion of its small range is fortunately incorporated within a national park. Like other members of the genus Aglaiocercus, the male is largely green with an exorbitantly long, violet, then blue tail; the gorget is also blue. Females are much less flamboyantly plumaged, being largely green above and white with green discs below, and they lack the extremely long tail. Venezuelan Sylphs are found in scrubby and forest habitats in montane regions; their behavior appears similar to that of other sylphs, but the literature is rather sparse in original observations to draw upon.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Venezuelan Sylph (Aglaiocercus berlepschi), 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.

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