Snowcap Microchera albocoronata

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

Diet and Foraging


Snowcap is primarily nectarivorous, feeding on nector from small flowers of trees (Warscewiczia, SickingiaInga, Pithecellobium), vines (Gurania), shrubs (Sabicea, BesleriaHamelia, Cephaelis, Psychotria), and epiphytes (Columnea, Norantea, Cavendishia) (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Stiles 1999). Snowcaps also visit hedges of Stachytarpheta in gardens adjacent to forest (Stiles 1999).

Snowcap also feeds on small arthropods, as do most if not all species of hummingbirds (Remsen et al. 1983).

Foraging Behavior

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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.