Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) - HBW 5, p. 636
French: Héliange à gorge améthyste
Spanish: Colibrí Gorgiamatista
Taxonomy: Ornismya amethysticollis d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1838, Yuracares, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Forms a superspecies with H. clarisse, with which formerly considered conspecific; however, subtle morphological differences and markedly disjunct range support their treatment as separate species; H. strophianus may also belong in this superspecies. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- laticlavius Salvin, 1891 - S Ecuador and N Peru.
- decolor Zimmer, 1951 - E Andes in C Peru (S of R Marañón).
- amethysticollis (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) - E Andes in S Peru and NW Bolivia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 16 videos
A closeup from a female perched on a branch. Note the mites walking on her bill, they 'hitch-hike' on the bill from one flower t Locality Carpish Pass, Huánuco Department, Peru (ssp decolor)
Yoel Jimenez 4 November 2012 3 years ago 46 sec 4.8
Male perched on branch displaying gorget and frontlet Locality Tapichalaca Reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador (ssp laticlavius)
Peter Hawrylyshyn 25 April 2015 17 weeks ago 9 sec 4.7
A bird perched on a branch. Locality Abra Patricia, San Martín Department, Peru (ssp laticlavius)
Yoel Jimenez 24 November 2012 3 years ago 28 sec 4.7
A male resting on a branch and looking around before taking off (seen at slow motion). Locality Casa Simpson, Tapichalaca Reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador (ssp laticlavius)
Josep del Hoyo 12 November 2014 49 weeks ago 19 sec 4.6
A female perched on a branch. Locality Carpish Pass, Huánuco Department, Peru (ssp decolor)
Yoel Jimenez 4 November 2012 3 years ago 44 sec 4.5
This male was working the feeders at Casa Simpson. Locality Casa Simpson, Tapichalaca Reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador
Ron Hoff 17 November 2008 7 years ago 27 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 12 photos
Subspecies amethysticollis or decolor.
Locality Abra Malaga, Cusco Department, Peru (ssp amethysticollis)
Cock Reijnders 15 September 2010 5 years ago 4.3
Locality Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station, Kosñipata Valley, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru
Tomas Grim 24 November 2011 1 year ago 4
FIELD WORK AT FARALLONES DE MEDINA - CONSERVATION ENDEMIC BIRDS COLOMBIA
Locality Chingaza National Park, Cundinamarca Department, Colombia (Monotypic species)
Oswaldo Cortes - BOGOTA B... 15 November 2003 2 years ago 4
Lateral view of a bird perched on a branch.
Locality Cotapata National Park, La Paz Department, Bolivia (ssp amethysticollis)
Joe Tobias 8 July 2006 3 years ago 4
Locality Abra Malaga, Cusco Department, Peru
Marc FASOL 10 July 2013 2 years ago 3.9
An adult female about to take flight.
Locality Cock of the Rock Lodge, Kosñipata Valley, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp decolor)
Ken Simonite 24 October 2014 47 weeks ago 3.8