Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Jacob Drucker and Carolyn W. Sedgwick



Nervous, and submissive to most other hummingbirds (Parker and O'Neill 1980, Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Fjeldså 1999). When feeding aerially, hovers with an almost vertical body, frequently opening and closing tail, exposing much white. Oreonympha also may also cling to flowers while feeding, occasionally holding its wings open while doing so (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990).


No information.

Sexual Behavior

Undescribed; presumably is polygynous, as are most if not all species of hummingbirds (Schuchmann 1999: 509).


No reports of predation on Bearded Mountaineer?

Recommended Citation

Drucker, J. and C. W. Sedgwick (2013). Bearded Mountaineer (Oreonympha nobilis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.