Purple-crowned Fairy Heliothryx barroti

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

Due to their inquisitive nature, Purple-crowned Fairies are reasonably easy to observe. These busy hummingbirds often pause in front of a human audience before going back to foraging. They frequently open and close their long tails and cock them up when hovering at flowers. Purple-crowned Fairies routinely pierce the base of flowers with their straight, pointed bills and steal nectar without actually pollinating the plant. These elegant hummingbirds are pure white below and have a dark mask through the eye. They inhabit humid and wet forests and second growth woodlands and are often fairly aggressive even though they are not territorial.


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

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Purple-crowned Fairy (Heliothryx barroti), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.pucfai1.01