Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

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

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

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male & Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~12 cm (5 in). The Fawn-breasted Brilliant is green above and brown-buff below. The color saturation of the underparts is variable. Male and females show a patch of pink iridescent feathers (gorget) on the throat, which appears to be better developed in the male. The uniform brown-buff below and green above is unique but see Violet-throated Starfrotlet.

Status: The Fawn-breasted Brilliant is uncommon in montane forests on the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1550-2500 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Brillante de Pecho Anteado.

Sub-species: Fawn-breasted Brilliant (Heliodoxa rubinoides cervinigularis), Salvin, 1892.

Meaning of Name: Heliodoxa: Gr. Hēlios= sun and doxa= glory, magnificence. rubinoides: on that resembles an Trochilus rubineus, oides= resembling.

See more of the Family Trochilidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
fawn-breasted brilliantVoice


    • 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.