Plain-capped Starthroat Heliomaster constantii

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


There is little information on the reproductive biology of Plain-capped Starthroat. Nesting is reported in western Mexico from January-June (Howell and Webb 1995), and in Costa Rica from October-January (Stiles and Skutch 1989). The nest is "a shallow cup of pale-colored plant down, variously decorated outside with bits of bark and gray lichen" and is positioned near the tip of a branch, often in an exposed position, high in a tree at forest edge or in savanna (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2014). Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.