Peruvian Sheartail Thaumastura cora

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


Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List conservation status of Peruvian Sheartail is Least Concern (BirdLife International 2013). Although Peruvian Sheartail has a small range, it readily utilizes human-modified habitats. It is not threatened by land use change, as it readily utilizes human-modified habitats (i.e., gardens and agriculture). Climate change does not pose an apparent threat to the Peruvian Sheartail either, as it occupies has a wide range of elevations.

Effects of human activity on populations

Like most hummingbirds, Peruvian Sheartail benefits from human activity. It utilizes flowers in gardens, and visits hummingbird feeders, both of which presumably act as an ecological subsidy, increasing the carrying capacity and therefore the local population size.

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.