Gorgeted Sunangel 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Heliangelus strophianus

Gorgeted Sunangel

The Gorgeted Sunangel is a species of bird in the Trochilidae family.

It is a medium-sized hummingbird measuring 4.33 inches in length.

This species is sexually dimorphic, but only slightly.

Both sexes are shining green above with a small white postocular spot and a blue-black tail. Their lower underparts are also shining green bordered above by a white pectoral collar.

Males have a reddish pink throat that extends from the white collar to almost the base of the bill.

Females have a black chin with white stripes and a smaller reddish pink throat patch.

Occurs in a rather narrow elevational band in the upper subtropical zone from around 1,700 to 2,300 m.

Can be seen at all levels in the cloud forest, edges, and gardens, but most frequently at middle heights within the forest. Visits feeders.

The only sunangel within limited range on the west slope of Andes; occurs mostly in Ecuador, but barely extends into Colombia.


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