Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer Chalybura urochrysia

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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  • © Chris JimĂ©nez

This widespread but uncommon hummingbird is often identified by its pink feet and pinkish lower mandible. The subspecies found in Costa Rica and Nicaragua does not actually have a bronze tail as the name implies (sometimes called Red-footed Plumeleteer there instead), but this subspecies does hybridize with a bronzy-tailed subspecies in far western Panama. These fairly large hummingbirds mainly frequent the understory and middle levels of humid and wet forests edges where they primarily forage on flowers of large herbs and shrubs or flycatch. Bronze-tailed Plumeleteers are notably aggressive and dominant at flowers and often hold territories around Cephaelis or Heliconia patches.

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© Andrew Spencer

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

Recommended Citation

Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer (Chalybura urochrysia), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: