Black Inca

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Coeligena prunellei

Black Inca

The Black Inca is a species of hummingbird only found in Colombia. It was formerly classified as an endangered species by the IUCN, but new research has shown it to be not as rare as it was believed.

Consequently, it was downlisted to Vulnerable in 2008. It remains endangered nationally in Colombia however, due to a 90% habitat loss.

It is a large hummingbird measuring about 5.12 inches in length. It has a long straight bill.

Both sexes are similar. They are dark blackish-brown overall with a prominent white patch on the sides of their neck.

Their iridescent blue shoulders can be difficult to see in poor light.

It is a generally quiet species with occasional short 'ick's or 'pip's.

Hunts arthropods and forage nectar from red and yellow flowers.

Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest and urban areas. Visits feeders.

Very small range in the mountains of central Colombia, from around 1,200 to 2,800 m.


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