Blue-mantled Thornbill Chalcostigma stanleyi

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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  • © Glenn Bartley

These short-billed hummingbirds are dark overall with blue tails. They inhabit páramo grasslands and humid Polylepis woodlands where they are most common in steep, rocky regions. Blue-mantled Thornbills usually forage by gleaning from foliage, fluttering their wings while they do. However, individuals also occasionally forage from the ground or hawk for insects. During times of extreme weathers, these thornbills migrate to lower elevations

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© Andrew Spencer

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

Recommended Citation

Blue-mantled Thornbill (Chalcostigma stanleyi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: