Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia castaneiventris

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Considered Endangered according to IUCN threat criteria, the Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird is endemic to north-central Colombia, where it is largely restricted to drier regions in the Magdalena Valley. Recent targeted fieldwork has substantially increased our knowledge and contact with this poorly known hummingbird, but it nonetheless remains the case that it remains inexplicably rare in some areas, and perhaps performs, as yet undivined, seasonal movements. The Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird is shining reddish-bronze above, becoming greyish-buff on the rump, with a glittering green throat and chest, rufous posterior underparts and tail, and small, white ‘puff’ legs. There is potential for confusion with the similar but significantly more numerous Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl), which is mainly separable by virtue of its dull gray rear underparts.

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

Recommended Citation

Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia castaneiventris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: