Scaled Metaltail (Metallura aeneocauda)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. La Paz, Bolivia

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. La Paz, Bolivia

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The Scaled Metaltail is green above and brownish below with green specks (scales). The tail is coppery green in the male and dusky-green with whitish tips in the female. The male has a green gorget, which is absent in the female.   The bill is black and straight. It is similar to a female Tyrian Metaltail but is distinguished by the coppery green tail, a longer bill, and brownish scaled underparts.

Status: The Scaled Metaltail is uncommon in the humid elfin forest, forest edges, and associated shrubbery on the east slope of the Southern Andes at elevations between 2750-3600 m. It also occurs in Bo.

Name in Spanish: Colibrí Escamoso.

Sub-species: Scaled Metaltail (Metallura aeneocauda aeneocauda), Gould, 1846.

Meaning of Name: Metallura:  Gr. Metallon=  metal and oura=  tail. aeneocauda: L. aeneus  of a bronze color and cauda= tail.

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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.