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Peruvian Sheartail Thaumastura cora

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Christopher J. Clark


Nests are a small cup similar to those made by other species of 'bee' hummingbirds, reportedly often lined on the outside with tiny flowers, similar to the lichens, paint chips or fern scales used by other species as decoration (van Dongen, personal communications).

There is no available information on incubation or fledging time.

There is some evidence that the population breeds twice per year, in both the austral spring (September-November) and fall (March-May) (van Dongen personal communication). Birds collected in September had enlarged gonads and exhibited courtship behavior (northern Chile), while Baron (1897) found a nest with eggs in late April, in northern Peru.

Recommended Citation

Clark, C. J. (2013). Peruvian Sheartail (Thaumastura cora), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.