Bronzy Inca Coeligena coeligena

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
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  • © Héctor Julián Sánchez Ospina

Despite being a member of one of the most striking groups of hummingbird, the genus Coeligena (the incas and the starfrontlets), the Bronzy Inca is one of the drabbest hummingbirds. Polytypic, the six subspecies all share the same general appearance, being generally brownish and dull green. The Bronzy Inca is distributed in humid montane forest from the northern Andes in Venezuela south to southeast Bolivia. The evolutionary pathway that produced its plumage raises an interesting question: what different evolutionary pressures were responsible for thedevelopment of strikingly beautiful plumages in most other species of Coeligena, and for the dull plumage of the Bronzy Inca?

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

Recommended Citation

Bronzy Inca (Coeligena coeligena), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: