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Bogota Sunangel Heliangelus zusii

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg


Conservation Status

Bogota Sunangel is known only from a single specimen, from an unknown locality. Presumably this species occupies, or occupied, only a small geographic region, which may well be deforested already; consequently Bogota Sunangel already could be extinct (Graves 1993). If Bogota Sunangel is more partial to montane scrub than to intact cloud forest, however, the possibility remains that a remnant population may yet persist (BirdLife International 2015).

Effects of human activity on populations

It is very difficult to assess the effects of human activity on Bogota Sunangel, given the lack of information as to its geographic range or habitat preferences. The apparent great rarity of Bogota Sunangel, however, no doubt is due in no small part to human-mediated habitat loss or disturbance, which is prevalent throughout the Andes and is particularly prevalent in the Andes of Colombia.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2015). Bogota Sunangel (Heliangelus zusii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.