Black-hooded Sunbeam Aglaeactis pamela

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

Diet and Foraging


Black-hooded Sunbeam is primarily nectarivorous, but the diet of this species is not well documented; it has been reported feeding on flowers of Siphocampylus (Campanulaceae), Centropogon (Campanulaceae), and Brachyotum (Melastomataceae) (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990).

Black-hooded Sunbeam also consumes small arthropods (Fjeldså 1999), as do most if not all species of hummingbirds (Remsen et al. 1986).

Foraging Behavior

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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.