Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes


The only small hummingbird throughout much of its range, the Green-backed Firecrown is easily detected in forest and edge habitats in Chile and western Argentina by its persistent metallic zipping calls. This compact bird has a short bill and tail, overall dark green plumage with whitish-gray underparts, and males possess a namesake glowing orange-red crown patch. These birds are highly territorial and often badger wayward trespassing birds as large as caracaras. Green-backed Firecrowns are welcome guests in many lowland backyard gardens where they sip nectar from Fuchsia and other flowering plants.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Green-backed Firecrown (Sephanoides sephaniodes), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: