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Fiery Topaz Topaza pyra

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Formerly a subspecies of the Crimson Topaz, the Fiery Topaz is a brilliantly marked hummingbird of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Venezuela. The male Fiery Topaz has a velvet black hood, iridescent green throat and a bronzy body overall. These features in addition to the two, elongated central tail rectrices are distinctive characteristics of birds in the genus Topaza. Often found in lowland rainforests, this species specializes in nectivory, but will also eat insects. The males become territorial around productive flowering patches, warding off intruders. Despite living in a habitat that is under threats of deforestation and habitat conversion, the Fiery Topaz has not been placed on any threatened species lists.

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  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Fiery Topaz (Topaza pyra), 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/fietop1