White-chinned Sapphire (Chlorestes cyanus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Moyobamba, San Martin

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

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Loc. Southeast Peru[/one_fourth_last]

Identification & Behavior: ~9 cm (3.5 in). The male White-Chinned Sapphire is green above with a coppery rump and a violet-blue head, throat, and breast. It has a flecked black and white chin. The bill is coral red with a black tip. The female is green above with a coppery rump. The underparts are grayish with greenish on the sides of the breast and belly. The bill is straight with a black culmen and red mandible. The male and female White-chinned Sapphire have similar bill color as that of a Rufous-throated Sapphire and Glittering-bellied Emerald, but these species have limited geographic overlap.

Status: The White-chinned Sapphire is uncommon but widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 600 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Zafiro de Barbilla Blanca.

Sub-species: White-chinned Sapphire (Chlorestes cyanus rostrata), Boucard, 1895.

Meaning of Name: Chlorestes: Gr. khlōros= green and esthēs, esthētos= clothes, clothing. cyanus: Gr. kuanos= dark-blue.

Formerly known as Hylocharis cyanus (2019).

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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.