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 10 videos
A bird perched and flies off. Locality Santa Eulalia Valley, Lima Department, Peru (ssp peruviana)
Yoel Jimenez 14 November 2012 9 weeks 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 1 year 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 7 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 11 weeks ago 23 sec 4
A male feeding on brugmansia flowers Locality Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador (ssp peruviana)
Greg Baker 19 September 2004 12 weeks ago 43 sec 3.8
A male on various perches in a brugmansia bush Locality Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador (ssp peruviana)
Greg Baker 19 September 2004 12 weeks ago 36 sec 3.6
PhotosSee all 19 photos
A female perched in a tree.
Locality Huacarpay Lakes, Cusco Department, Peru (ssp peruviana)
Joe Tobias 24 September 2006 24 weeks ago 4.5
Adult perched on a branch
Locality La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia (ssp peruviana)
Isabel Gomez 13 May 2012 35 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Ollantaytambo, Cusco Department, Peru
Tomas Grim 7 December 2011 15 weeks ago 4.2
eating nectar from flower
Locality Huánuco Department, Peru
Lior Kislev 30 November 2009 1 year ago 4
Sitting on a branch
Locality Huacarpay Lakes, Cusco Department, Peru
Alex Kirschel 12 November 2011 1 year ago 4
Adult female in Polylepis forest
Locality Marcapomacocha, Junín Department, Peru (ssp peruviana)
auf 2 August 2008 3 years ago 4