Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus)

Order: Caprimulgiformes | Family: Trochilidae | IUCN Status: Vulnerable

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Age: Adult \ Sex: Male |Loc. Northeast Peru

little_woodstar
Age: Adult \ Sex: Female |Loc. Northeast Peru

little_woodstar
Age: Adult \ Sex: Male |Loc. Northeast Peru

little_woodstar
Age: Adult \ Sex: Female |Loc. Northeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~6.5 cm (2.5 in). The male Little Woodstar is mostly green with buff sides of the neck and breast. It has a broad purple gorget. The tail is short deeply forked and made out of spiky feathers.  The female is green above with buff underparts and sides of the neck. It has a dusky often poorly defined mask across the eye. The tail is rufous with a median black band. Both sexes have white patches on the sides of the rump and a nearly straight and black bill. It is similar to the White-bellied Woodstar but is distinguished by being smaller, mostly green (male), and uniformly buff underparts in the female. Also, see Amethyst Woodstar.

Status: The Little Woodstar is rare at the edges of humid forest and semi-open habitats along both sides of the Marañon Valley. It also occurs in similar habitats on the west slope of the Andes from Piura to Northern Ancash. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Estrellita Chica.

Sub-species: Little Woodstar (Chaetocercus bombus), Gould, 1871.

Meaning of Name: Chaetocercus:  Gr. Khaitē=  long flowing hair and kerkos=  tail. mulsant: In honor of Martial Étienne Mulsant (1797-1880) French zoologist, collector.

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.