Black-hooded Sunbeam Aglaeactis pamela

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick


Conservation Status

Black-hooded Sunbeam has a relatively small geographic range, but the population is believed to be stable, and the IUCN Red List conservation status of this species is evaluated as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2014). Note, however, that although BirdLife International estimate the area of the geographic distribtion of this sunbeam as 16,500 km2 (BirdLife International 2014), Herzog et al. (2012) estimate that the distribution of Black-hooded Sunbeam may be only 10,200 km2.

Black-hooded Sunbeam is included in Appendix II of CITES, however, as is the case with all hummingbirds, regardless of rarity (except for Hook-billed Hermit Glaucis dohrnii, which is Endangered and is on Appendix I of CITES).

The relative abundance of Black-hooded Sunbeam is assessed as uncommon, and this species also is considered to be patchily distributed (Parker et al. 1996).

Effects of human activity on populations

At least in the short term, Black-hooded Sunbeam seems to be little affected by human activities; no threats are identified by BirdLife International (2014).

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2012). Black-hooded Sunbeam (Aglaeactis pamela), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.