Scaled Metaltail Metallura aeneocauda

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Joe Tobias

Scaled Metaltails inhabit cloudforest glades, elfin forest borders, shrub-filled páramo, and humid rocky slopes. They typically forage in the understory where they tend to cling to flowers while feeding. Little other behavioral information is available for this species. Both sexes are green above and males have a scaly appearance below while females look mostly tan underneath.

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© Daniel Lane

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

Recommended Citation

Scaled Metaltail (Metallura aeneocauda), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: