Order: Apodiformes | Family: Trochilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern
Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia
Age: Adult | Sex: Females | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia
Age: Sub-adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Cuzco & Eastern Andes, Colombia
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia
Status: The Purple-backed Thornbill is rare in the canopy and sub-canopy of montane forests and forest edges on the east slope of the Andes. It is also rare and local in humid montane forests on the west slope of the Andes; in the Department of Cajamarca. The Purple-backed Thornbill occurs at elevations ranging from 2500-3600 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.
Name in Spanish: Pico-Espina de Dorso Púrpura.
Sub-species: Purple-backed Thornbill (Ramphomicron microrhynchum microrhynchum), Boissonneau, 1840. Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and NW Peru (to Cajamarca).
(Ramphomicron microrhynchum albiventre), Carriker, 1935. E slope in C & S Peru (Huánuco to Cuzco and Apurímac).
Meaning of Name: Ramphomicron: Gr. Rhamphos= bill and micron=little. microrhynchum: Gr. mikros= small, rhunkhos= bill.
- 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.