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Scaly-breasted Hummingbird Phaeochroa cuvierii

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
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  • © Jean-Luc Baron

The Scaly-breasted Hummingbird is a fairly large, unadorned hummingbird that is often included within the genus Campylopterus, the sabre-wings, due to the presence of a flattened-shaft on the outer primaries. It is divided into six subspecies which occur patchily in the lowlands and foothills of the Caribbean slope from southeast Mexico to Panama on the Pacific Slope of Costa Rica and Panama and the coastal region of Northern Colombia. The species occupies a fairly large range of habitats such as dry forest, edges and clearings of gallery and humid forest, mangroves and other open habitats but avoids the interior of closed evergreen forest.

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© Jay McGowan

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

Recommended Citation

Scaly-breasted Hummingbird (Phaeochroa cuvierii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: