Gould’s Jewelfront (Heliodoxa aurescens)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. NE Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. SE Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. SE Peru | Southeast Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The Gould’s Jewelfront is green with a rufous tail and a rufous broad band across the breast. The male has an iridescent green head, a narrow iridescent violet frontlet, and iridescent blue chin. The female is similar to the male without iridescent in the head, frontlet, and gorget. The combination of green body and rufous band across the breast recalls a Collared Inca (omisa), but is the Gould’s Jewelfront ranges lower on the foothill of the Andes and mostly in Amazonia.

Status: The Gould’s Jewelfront is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1400 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Colibrí de Pecho Castaño.

Sub-species: Gould’s Jewelfront (Heliodoxa aurescens), Gould, 1846.

Meaning of Name: Heliodoxa: Gr. Hēlios= sun and doxa= glory, magnificence. aurescens: L. aurescens, aurescentis= golden-yellowish.

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