Blue-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera johannae)

Order: Apodiformes | Family: Trochilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. NE | SE Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~9.5 cm (4 in). The Blue-fronted Lancebill is green above and deep blue below. The female is green above and bluish-gray below. The male has an iridescent blue forehead or frontlet. The female has an iridescent blue-green frontlet. The tail is round and dusky wit grayish tips. The male Blue-fronted Lancebill is readily distinguished. The female is similar to the larger male Green-fronted Lancebill but is distinguished by size, by having a bluish-green frontlet, and little coppery on the hind neck. These two lancebills are likely to overlap only in the range of the Blue-fronted Lancebill.

Status: The Blue-fronted Lancebill is uncommon on the east slope of the northern and central Andes at elevations ranging between 500 -1400 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Pico-Lanza de Frente Azul.

Sub-species: Blue-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera johannae johannae), Bourcier 1847.

Meaning of Name: Doryfera: Gr. duru= spear and phoros= charging, which has. johannae: in honor of Johanna Loddiges (1847), daughter of the British ornithologist specializing in hummingbirds George Loddiges.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.