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Crimson Topaz Topaza pella

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Anselmo d'Affonseca

Apart from a black hood, glittering green throat, and scythe-like tail streamers, almost every feather on the body of the Crimson Topaz is rich, red and iridescent. This  combination make the topaz, in every way, one of the most spectacular avian gems of the Neotropics. Fortunately, this iridescence is easy to see as the tpoaz, among the largest lowland hummingbirds, patrols for nectar through the sunlight crowns of flowering trees. The Crimson Topaz is distributed in northeastern Amazonia and the Guianas where it can occasionally be seen foraging in lower vegetation around inselbergs, especially in Surinam.

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  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Crimson Topaz (Topaza pella), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/critop1