Notice for readers: On March 31, Neotropical Birds will be integrated into the new Birds of the World, a powerful research database offering species accounts for every species on earth. Learn more at While Birds of the World is a subscription service, we remain committed to offering this content to Neotropical Birds contributors and to those unable to pay for it through our scholarship program. Stay tuned.

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

Information needed. Contribute

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.