Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas) - HBW 5, p. 632
French: Colibri géant
Spanish: Colibrí Gigante
Taxonomy: Trochilus gigas Vieillot, 1824, Brazil; error = Valparaíso, Chile.
Genus is apparently closely related to Coeligena, and the two should perhaps be united. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- peruviana Boucard, 1893 - Andes of SW Colombia (Nariño) through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia to extreme N Chile (Tarapacá) and NW Argentina (S to N Catamarca and Tucumán).
- gigas (Vieillot, 1824) - C & S Chile (Atacama to Concepción and Valdivia, occasionally S to Aisén) and CW Argentina (S to Mendoza); S populations winter N to NW Argentina (Catamarca, Tucumán).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 12 videos
A bird perched and flies off. Locality Santa Eulalia Valley, Lima Department, Peru (ssp peruviana)
Yoel Jimenez 14 November 2012 2 years ago 53 sec 4.7
A male perched, quietly calling (tongue also visible) and then flying away Locality Putre, Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile (ssp peruviana)
Greg Baker 10 November 2011 3 years ago 45 sec 4.3
A male perched and flying away Locality Huacarpay Lakes, Cusco Department, Peru (ssp peruviana)
Josep del Hoyo 25 July 2005 9 years ago 14 sec 4.3
a bird perched and flying away Locality Santa Eulalia Valley, Lima Department, Peru (ssp peruviana)
Daniêl Jimenez 14 November 2012 2 years ago 23 sec 4.2
One adult bird calling. Locality Cochabamba Department, Bolivia
Carlos Gussoni 10 April 2013 1 year ago 19 sec 4
A male feeding on brugmansia flowers Locality Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador (ssp peruviana)
Greg Baker 19 September 2004 2 years ago 43 sec 4
PhotosSee all 29 photos
A bird perched on a branch
Locality Tarabuco, Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia
PaulvanGiersbergen 19 July 2013 5 weeks ago 4.7
A bird sucking nectar of red flower.
Locality La Aurora, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Patricio Mackenzie 18 September 2012 1 year ago 4.6
A bird resting.
Locality Putre, Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile (ssp peruviana)
Gonzalo Gonzalez C 26 November 2011 1 year ago 4.4
Adult perched on a branch
Locality La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia (ssp peruviana)
Isabel Gomez 13 May 2012 2 years ago 4.3
A female perched in a tree.
Locality Huacarpay Lakes, Cusco Department, Peru (ssp peruviana)
Joe Tobias 24 September 2006 2 years ago 4.2
perched at flowers, frontal view
Locality Humahuaca, Jujuy Province, Argentina
Nollie Marissen 7 December 2014 11 weeks ago 4.1