Coppery Metaltail Metallura theresiae

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg


Conservation Status

Coppery Metaltail has a restricted geographic range and the population is believed to be in decline; nonetheless the IUCN Red List conservation status of this species is Least Concern (BirdLife International 2013). This species is included in Appendix II of CITES, however, as is the case with all hummingbirds, regardless of rarity (except for Hook-billed Hermit Glaucis dohrnii, which is Endangered and is on Appendix I of CITES).

Effects of human activity on populations

Coppery Metailtail is fairly common (Schulenberg et al. 2010) to locally very common (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990), but is under increasing pressure of habitat degradation or loss, primarily from grazing of livestock and burning of paramo (Heindl 1999).

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2013). Coppery Metaltail (Metallura theresiae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.