Gould's Jewelfront Heliodoxa aurescens

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg
  • © Peter Hawrylyshyn

The large rufous chest band on both males and females makes this hummingbird easily recognizable. Gould's Jewelfronts is widespread in western and central Amazonia, from Colombia south to Bolivia and east to southern Venezuela and central Brazil; this distribution is somewhat unusual, given that the closest relatives of this Amazonian hummingbird are Andean species of brilliants. Jewelfronts occupy the shaded understory of humid evergreen forests, often prefering light gaps such as around tree falls and the edges of forest streams, but avoids second growth and forest edge. Although Gould's Jewelfront is widespread and is not rare, very little is known of its natural history.


© Bret Whitney

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

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2015). Gould's Jewelfront (Heliodoxa aurescens), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.goujew1.01