Order: Apodiformes | Family: Trochilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern
Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Female | Loc. Cajamarca | Lima
Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Cajamarca
Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Cuzco, Peru
Age: Adult | Sex: Females | Loc. Cuzco, Peru
Status: The Tyrian Metaltail is common in humid scrub, montane forest edges, and mixed shrubbery along the east slope of the Andes. It also occurs on the west slope of the Andes reaching as far south as the Andes of Lima. The Tyrian Metaltail ranges at elevations between 2400-4200 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.
Name in Spanish: Colibrí Tirio.
Sub-species: Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina tyrianthina), Loddiges, 1832. Andes of Colombia and E & S Ecuador to extreme N Peru (Piura).
(Metallura tyrianthina septentrionalis), E. Hartert, 1899. W slope of Andes of Peru (W of R Marañón, from Cajamarca to Lima).
(Metallura tyrianthina smaragdinicollis), d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1838. E slope of Andes from Peru (S from Amazonas) to C Bolivia (Santa Cruz).
Meaning of Name: Metallura: Gr. Metallon= metal and oura= tail. tyrianthina: L. tyrianthinus tyrianthine= of a color between purple and violet.
- 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.