Many-spotted Hummingbird (Taphrospilus hypostictus)

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

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alto Nieva, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cord. Escalera, Tarapoto

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.45 in). The Many-spotted Hummingbird is green above. The underparts are whitish densely spotted with green. The tail is dark with gray tips. The bill is black and slightly decurved. It is superficially similar to a female Violet-fronted Brilliant but is distinguished by lacking the typical white stripe below de eye, a blue forehead, and paler speckled underparts. Also, see the female White-necked Jacobin.

Status: The Many-spotted Hummingbirds is uncommon to rare at the edges of humid forests on the east slope of the Andes where it ranges at elevations between 750-1500 m. It also occurs in Ec and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Colibrí Multipunteado.

Sub-species: Many-spotted Hummingbird (Taphrospilus hypostictus), Gould, 1862.

Meaning of Name: Taphrospilus: Gr. Tarphus= close, dense and spilos= spot. hypostictus: Gr. Hupo= beneath, stiktos, stizō= spotted, to tattoo.

See more of the Family Trochilidae   peru aves

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.