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Oxypogon cyanolaemus

Blue-bearded Helmetcrest

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic


Oxypogon guerinii

A monograph of the Trochilidae, or family of humming-birds (1880); © John Gould and William Matthew Hart

Bearded Helmetcrests have long, pointed crests and black and white beards with a blue, green, or orange central stripe. All subspecies have a dark triangular patch on each side of the face. They live in the páramo and move to lower elevations during the dry season. These large hummingbirds typically forage at low bushes by themselves, but during the dry season, birds are more often seen together. During the wet season, males sing continuously from shrubs for minutes on end and year-round, birds frequently perch on boulders. When foraging, individuals cling onto flowers or sometimes even walk on the ground and lurch for insects.

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Recommended Citation

. 2014. Blue-bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus), 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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