Green-and-white Hummingbird (Amazilia viridicauda)

Order: Apodiformes Family: Trochilidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

green-and-white_hummingbird
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

green-and-white_hummingbird
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

green-and-white_hummingbird
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru


Identification & Behavior: ~10.5 cm (4.2 in). The Gree-and-White Hummingbird is green above and white below with green on the sides of the breast and belly. The undertail coverts are pale. The tail is gray on the underside. The bill is nearly straight with a black culmen and reddish mandible. It is similar to the White-bellied Hummingbird but is distinguished by having solid gray tail feathers and favoring forest habitats versus semi-open habitats favored by the White-bellied Hummingbird. These two species overlap in the relatively restricted range of the Green-and-White Hummingbird.

Status: Endemic. The Green-and-White Hummingbird occurs in seemingly disjunct populations on the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1000-2750 m.

Name in Spanish: Colibrí Verde y Blanco.

Sub-species: Green-and-white Hummingbird (Amazilia viridicauda), Berlepsch, 1883.

Meaning of Name: Amazilia: Amazili, an Inca heroine in Jean Marmontel’s novel (1777) “Les Incas, ou la destruction de l’Empire du Pérou”. viridicauda: L. viridis, virere= green, to be green and cauda= tail.

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.