Snowcap Microchera albocoronata

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Ethan Kistler and Thomas S. Schulenberg


In Costa Rica, Snowcap breeds from January to May (Stiles and Skutch 1989). The nest is a small cup, composed of tree fern scales, plant down, and cobwebs, and is lightly decorated with green moss and some green lichen around the rim (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Marín and Schmitt 1991). The nest is placed 1.7-3 m above the ground, on a lower twig of a tree or on a vine hanging from a tree (Carriker 1910, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Marín and Schmitt 1991). The clutch is two; the eggs are dull white, unmarked, and measure 12.45 x 7.95 - 12.02 x 7.99 m (n = 2 eggs, one clutch; Marín and Schmitt 1991).

Recommended Citation

Kistler, E. and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.