Neblina Metaltail (Metallura odomae)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Loja, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chinguela, Cajamarca

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loja, Ecuador | Chinguela, Cajamarca

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Chinguela, Cajamarca

Identification & Behavior: ~10.5 cm (4.1 in). The male Neblina Metaltail is mostly bronzy-green with a bronzy iridescent gorget. The tail is green. The female is also bronzy-green above and a checkered coppery and whitish throat, breasts, and part of the belly. The tail in the female is dusky with whitish tips on the outer tail feathers.   Both sexes have a notched tail. The bill is relatively short, black and straight. It resembles a Fire-throated Metaltail, but their ranges do not overlap.

Status: The Neblina Metaltail is uncommon at humid forest edges and associated shrubbery on the east slope in far northern Peru. It ranges at elevations between 2600-3000 m in northern Peru and adjacent Ecuador.

Name in Spanish: Colibrí de Neblina.

Sub-species: Neblina Metaltail (Metallura odomae), Graves, 1980.

Meaning of Name: Metallura:  Gr. Metallon=  metal and oura=  tail. odomae: In honor of Babette Moore Odom (1911-1984) US businesswoman, conservationist, sponsor of field programmes in Peru.

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Distribution Map
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    • 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.