Blue-tufted Starthroat (Heliomaster furcifer)

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

blue-tufted starthroat
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Cordoba, Argentina

blue-tufted starthroat female
Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. 

male blue-tufted starthroat
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Cordoba Argentina

blue-tufted starthroat
Age: SubAdults | Sex: Males | Loc. Puerto Maldonado | Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Identification & Behavior: ~13 cm (5.1 in) Male Blue-tufted Starthroats have metallic-green foreheads and crowns. Their backs are mostly green. The gorget, or throat, is iridescent orange-red. On the lower sides of the iridescent throat, males have elongated blue feathers (tufts). The underparts are deep blue but appear darker in low light. Females have a coppery cap and nape that fades to dull green on the rest of the upperparts. Throat, breast, and sides of breast are dingy white, while the belly is paler. Both sexes have long, nearly straight dark bills and forked tails. Females have white tail tips. The Blue-tufted Starthroat prefers semi-open habitats including savannahs, open woodlands, second growth, and forest edges. Female Blue-tufted Starthroats are similar to female Fork-tailed Woodnymphs, but the latter is an interior forest hummingbird.

Status: The Blue-tufted Starthroat is known in Peru from a single male photographed in the month of June in the Puerto Maldonado area. It also occurs in Bo and Br.

Name in Spanish: Colibrí de Pecho Azul.

Sub-species: Blue-tufted Starthroat (Heliomaster furcifer) (Shaw, 1812).

Meaning of Name: Heliomaster: Gr. hëlios= sun, and master= seeker. furcifer: (L) furcifer, furcifera= one who carries scissors, and pteros= wing.

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