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Little Sunangel Heliangelus micraster

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Nick Athanas

Both males and females have flaming orange gorgets, but those of the female are smaller and more often show a blend of white and green. Little Sunangels inhabit dense, mossy forests and their surrounding borders; females also often venture to bush-filled pastures. Both males and females forage low on nectar around forest borders, and in open or shrubby areas. These territorial hummers often move to different elevations following the breeding season.

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© Ted Parker

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

Recommended Citation

Little Sunangel (Heliangelus micraster), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: