Black-hooded Sunbeam Aglaeactis pamela

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Black-hooded Sunbeam
eBird range map for Black-hooded Sunbeam

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Black-hooded Sunbeam occurs in the Andes of northern Bolivia in La Paz, Cochabamba, and northwestern Santa Cruz (Bond and Meyer de Schauensee 1943, Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Hennessey et al. 2003.)

The primary elevational range of Black-hooded Sunbeam is 2500-4200 m, although there are records to as low as 1800 m (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Hennessey et al. 2003). This sunbeam also may have elevational movements (Hennessey et al. 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Black-hooded Sunbeam occupies humid montane forest and humid to semihumid montane scrub (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Parker et al. 1996).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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.