Green-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Western Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~10 cm (4 in). The male Green-crowned Woodnymph is green above with an iridescent green cap, throat, and breast. The rest of the underparts are deep iridescent blue. The tail is dark blue and forked. The female has green upperparts and mostly gray underparts with green on the sides of the breast and belly. The tail is dusky-bluish and square with white tips. The bill is slightly decurved and black. The male is similar to the male Violet-bellied Hummingbird, but are distinguished by larger size, forked tail, and a slightly decurved and black bill.

Status: The Green-crowned Woodnymph is uncommon in the humid forest of extreme northern Peru in Tumbes where it generally ranges below 900 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Ninfa Coronada.

Sub-species: Green-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica hypochlora), Gould, 1871.

Meaning of Name: Thalurania: Gr. Thalos= child or thalia= happiness, abundance and ouranos,  ouranios= heavenly, sky-blue heaven. colombica: Occurring or coming from the country of Colombia.

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Distribution Map


    • 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. on 08/01/2015.