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Black-breasted Hillstar Oreotrochilus melanogaster

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Found only in Peru, Black-breasted Hillstars inhabit puna habitat with shrub and cushion cacti. They also like grassy slopes, rocky areas with fertile soil, and gardens. Males have a sparkling green throat and black undersides bordered by creamy buffy edges. Females are bronzy copper above and grayish brown below; they also lack white at the base of the tail which helps distinguish them from Andean Hillstars (Oreotrochilus estella). Where Black-breasted Hillstars overlap with Andean Hillstars, Black-breasteds tend to be more reclusive and stay low in the vegetation. During the breeding season, pairs nest among rocks or under the roofs of houses.

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  • Migration
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Recommended Citation

Black-breasted Hillstar (Oreotrochilus melanogaster), 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/blbhil1