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Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Trochilidae

A genus of hummingbirds, the smallest bird species in Manú. Their size and speed makes them hard to spot and photograph, best observed around flowering bushes and plants or from artificial feeders.

 


Rufous-crested Coquette

Lophornis delattrei

Rufous-crested coquette - Male

Rufous-crested coquette – Male

Rufous-crested coquette - Female

Rufous-crested coquette – Female

 

Appearance:

  • Males have very dark green plumage.
  • Rump is white and crest is rufous and dark-tipped.
  • Throat patch is glossy green and upper chest has elongated white feathers.
  • The female lacks the crest, but has a broad white or whitish cheek stripe.
  • It is about 7.9cm long and weighs about 2.8g. The bill is about 1.3cm long.

Behaviour:

  • The extendible, straw-like tongue retrieves nectar while hovering.
  • Diet includes small spiders and insects.
  • Males establish territories and aggressively chase away other males.
  • They use flights and intimidating displays to defend territory.

Voice:

  • Like most hummingbirds its call is a series of fast, high pitched sounds.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They tend to feed on low flowering plants around shrubby clearings or the forest edge.
  • The cup-shaped nest is usually camouflaged and protected in a shrub, bush or tree
  • See them near viewing towers, at oxbow lakes, near clay licks and along several trails.
  • It is rare to see them perching.
  • Active all day long with peaks in the early morning and later afternoons.

 


Golden-tailed Sapphire

Chrysuronia oenone

Golden tailed Sapphire

Golden tailed Sapphire

Appearance:

  • Bright blue head, back, wing coverts, and the flank is bright green bronze.
  • Throat and breast are glistening golden-green.
  • The belly is gray; rump has golden-reddish gray lower wing coverts.
  • Upper wing coverts and tail are bronze-gold-red.
  • The tip of the mandible and feet are dark brown.
  • The female has no blue in the head.
  • It is about 9 to 10cm long and weighs four to 4.7g.

Behaviour:

  • During the dry season, they gather at large flowering trees.
  • At other times they often forage singly at flowers at various levels.
  • They try to defend small floral territories.

Voice:

  • The early rainy season is when males sing the most.
  • Song is an irregular series of joined notes – “tjee” and very high “tjuw”.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They like forest edges, and partially open areas with scattered trees.
  • The cup-shaped nest is camouflaged in a protected place in a shrub, bush or tree.
  • See them at viewing towers, at oxbow lakes, near clay licks and along several trails.
  • It is rare to see them perching.
  • Active all day long, most active in the mornings and late afternoons.

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