Black-hooded Sunbeam Aglaeactis pamela

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

Found only in the Andes of northern Bolivia, Black-hooded Sunbeam inhabits a small portion of the country in humid cloud forests and in open shrub between humid slopes and montane basins. These large hummingbirds are purplish black a glittering blue or greeen lower back, a rufous tail, and a white chest tufts. Black-hooded Sunbeam feeds on both nectar and insects, and often cling to flowers when gathering nectar. Otherwise very little is known about the natural history of this attactive hummingbird.


© Bret Whitney

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

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.