White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Moyobamba, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Moyobamba, Peru

Age: Immature | Sex: Male | Loc. Eastern Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The male White-necked Jacobin has a blue head and breast with a white crescent on the hind neck. The upperparts are iridescent green. The belly and tail are snowy white in the adult male. The female is green above with a scaled effect on the throat and upper breast. The White-necked Jacobin forages in the canopy of mature forests, forest edges, and old second growth. The male resembles a Black-eared Fairy but is distinguished by having a blue head and breast, and a pure white tail.

Status: The White-necked Jacobin is uncommon in Amazonia where it is known to range at elevations of up to 1200 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Colibrí de Nuca Blanca.

Sub-species: White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora mellivora), Linnaeus 1758.

Meaning of Name: Florisuga: L. flos, floris= flower and suga, sugere= to such. mellivora: L. mel, mellis=honey and vorus, vorare= eater, devouring.

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