Chestnut-breasted Coronet

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Boissonneaua matthewsii



The Chestnut-breasted Coronet is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. Both sexes are similar, having green upperparts and hood, chestnut breast and belly, and relatively short bills.

The Chestnut-breasted coronet is 4.72 inches long and weighs 7.8 grams.

Adult males have metallic green upperparts, head and gorget. Central tail feathers are coppery-green to bronze- green, and others rectrices are rufous, edged and tipped bronze-green.

Underparts are chestnut-rufous, including underwing and undertail feathers. Head is metallic green. Bill is rather thick and straight. Eyes are dark brown. Short legs and feet are pale pink. Pale cinnamon tufts are almost invisible on the legs.

Females are similar with some cinnamon speckles on their green throat.

Immature birds show more green areas on the underparts. On the upperparts, and mainly on the rump, feathers are edged cinnamon.

CALL: Utters high-pitched chirps and whistles. Short calls are given by both sexes from perches, and indicate the feeding territory.

Some aggressive, rapid chattering is uttered as chase call in defense behavior. Alarm calls are very shrill and often accompany flight attacks.

SONG: A short and made of monosyllabic sounds.

Feeds mainly on nectar from flowers. It also hawks flying insects such as flies and wasps.

Frequents the canopy of humid forest up to 2000 meters of elevation, sometimes higher, up to 3000 meters in Peru.

Prefers to live inside the forest, and it is less seen at edges or more open vegetated areas.

Occurs in the Andean forests of extreme SE Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Nesting behavior of is poorly known. Nest is a cup made with moss and lichens. The female lays 2 eggs and incubates alone.


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