Bearded Mountaineer Oreonympha nobilis

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


Conservation Status

Bearded Mountaineer has a restricted geographic range, but its population is believed to be stable, and its IUCN Red List status is rated as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2013). Bearded Mountaineer is included in Appendix II of CITES, as is the case with all hummingbirds, regardless of rarity (except for Hook-billed Hermit Glaucis dohrnii, which is on Appendix I of CITES).

The relative abundance of Bearded Mountaineer is described as uncommon (Schulenberg et al. 2010) or as "common locally" (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990).

Effects of human activity on populations

The extent to which this species suffers from habitat loss is unknown, however, planting by humans of Eucalyptus and tree tobacco may be in this hummingbird's favor, providing favorable alternative food sources if preferred native vegetation is lost.

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.