Ruby-topaz Hummingbird Chrysolampis mosquitus


The Ruby-topaz Hummingbird is a much coveted gem of circum-Amazonian savanna habitats from Colombia east through Venezuela, the Guianas, south through Brazil and west to eastern Bolivia. It is a very small hummingbird, but with a brilliant ruby crown and nape, iridescent gold throat and breast and bright orange tail and is luckily, quite common throughout its range. It forages for the nectar of flowering shrubs from the understory to tree tops in open country but also in cultivated areas and gardens.

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

Recommended Citation

Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (Chrysolampis mosquitus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: