Chilean Woodstar (Eulidia yarrellii)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Camarones, Chile

chilean_woodstar
Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Camarones, Chile

chilean_woodstar
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Camarones, Chile

chilean_woodstar
Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Camarones, Chile


Identification & Behavior: ~7.5 cm (3 in). The Chilean Woodstar has mostly green or greenish upperparts. The underparts are mostly white with greenish on the sides of the breast and belly. The male has a large iridescent purple-violet gorget. The tail in the male is dusky, long, and forked, but it is rounded and shorter with white tips in the female. Both the male and female Chilean Woodstar are similar to the Peruvian Sheartail. Adult males can be distinguished by differences in tail length. The females Peruvian Sheartail is bufflier over all, but variable. Careful study is necessary for the areas these two species overlap. Also, see Purple-collared Woodstar.

Status: The Chilean Woodstar is known in Peru only from a few records from the city of Tacna where it is rare. It also occurs in Ch.

Name in Spanish: Estrellita Chilena.

Sub-species: Chilean Woodstar (Eulidia yarrellii), Bourcier, 1847.

Meaning of Name: Eulidia: It appears to be an unknown dedication. yarrellii: In honor of William Yarrell (1784-1856) English ornithologist, bookseller.

See more of the Family Trochilidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.