Purple-backed Sunbeam Aglaeactis aliciae

  • © Roger Ahlman

This endangered hummingbird is found only in a small region of Peru. Much of its habitat has been destroyed, but populations remain near the Río Marañon in La Libertad and in the Chusgon Valley. It favors partially open areas of Andean slopes that feature alder trees (Alnus) or shrubs, and it primarily feeds on nectar of flowering mistletoe (Tristerix longebrachteatum) and insects. Purple-backed Sunbeams appear mostly dark brown with white on the upper chest, lower throat, and face. Their lower backs are purple in good lighting.

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© Andrew Spencer

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

Recommended Citation

Purple-backed Sunbeam (Aglaeactis aliciae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/pubsun1