White-tufted Sunbeam Aglaeactis castelnaudii

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Glenn Bartley

The White-tufted Sunbeam gets its name from the notable tufts of white feathers on its chest. Also notable is its copper tail and the magenta coloring on the lower back and rump. These sunbeams are found only in parts of Peru where they inhabit drier parts of evergreen montane forests, intermontane valleys, open shrub, and glades is semi-dry forests. Usually, these hummingbirds perch conspicuously on high dead twigs, but where they overlap with Shining Sunbeams (Aglaeactis cupripennis), they are more reclusive and instead perch on low branches in dense bushes.

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© Ted Parker

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

Recommended Citation

White-tufted Sunbeam (Aglaeactis castelnaudii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whtsun1