Chestnut-Bellied Hummingbird

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Amazilia castaneiventris

Chestnut-Bellied Hummingbird

The Chestnut-Bellied Hummingbird is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.

It is a small hummingbird measuring about 3.5 inches long and weighs just 5 grams.

It has a reddish-brown underparts and tail. A gray rump and shining green throat and chest. Legs are small and white while it has a black bill and pinkish base to lower mandible.

Females and younger birds are duller than adult males and might be confused with Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird, but lack green on the flanks.

Feed on the nectar of various plants including Salvia and Trichanthera, but also cactus, guamo Inga spp., banana Musa sp., and coffee.

Inhabits lighter woodland and forest edge, and generally avoids dense forest.

Endemic to Colombia, and it appears to be restricted to the dryer parts of the Magdalena Valley, Colombia, with a core known range in the Chicamocha, Suarez and Chucuri valleys.

There are also some recent records from the Chucurri river basin and La Paz.

The female lays 2 eggs which she then incubates alone.


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