Gray-bellied Comet (Taphrolesbia griseiventris)

Order: Apodiformes Family: Trochilidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Chonta Canyon, Cajamarca

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Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Chonta Canyon, Cajamarca

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Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Chonta Canyon, Cajamarca

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown & Male | Loc. Chonta Canyon, Cajamarca


Identification & Behavior: ~16.5 cm (6.5 in).  Both, the male and female Gray-bellied Comet are green above and gray below. The male has a small blue iridescent gorget. The female has dusky specks on the throat. Both sexes have long deeply forked tail with broad feathers in shades of blue and coppery-green. The tail in the mail is longer. The bill is black, relatively short, and straight. The Gray-bellied Comet is similar to the female Bronze-tailed Comet, but it is distinguished by being larger, slender, a straight bill, and a long and deeply forked tail.

Status: Endemic. The Gray-bellied Comet is overall rare but locally uncommon in scrub habitats on the west slope of the Andes on the west side of the Marañon Valley. It is known to range at elevations of approximately 2750-3200.

Name in Spanish: Cometa de Vientre Gris.

Sub-species: Gray-bellied Comet (Taphrolesbia griseiventris), Taczanowski, 1883.

Meaning of Name: Taphrolesbia: Gr. Tephra= ashes and Lesbia= the genus Lesbia. griseiventris:  L. griseum= gray and venter, ventris= belly.

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.