Buff-winged Starfrontlet Coeligena lutetiae

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Buff-winged Starfrontlets are appropriately named and have a conspicuous buff-colored patch on their wings. These hummingbirds are rather territorial and often pursue other hummingbirds in high chases, or guard flowers from others from a nearby perch. Buff-winged Starfrontlets inhabit dense cloud forests, elfin forests, and nearby shrubby areas. They are most often seen foraging low around forest borders where they primarily feed on nectar by hovering or briefly clinging to flowers.

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

Recommended Citation

Buff-winged Starfrontlet (Coeligena lutetiae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: