Thursday, 2 June 2011

Glittering-bellied emerald

Chlorostilbon lucidus

Photo by Marcos André (Wikipedia)

Common name:

Order Apodiformes
Family Trochilidae

This South American species is found in north-eastern Argentina, eastern and central Bolivia, eastern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

These hummingbirds are 8,5 cm long and weigh 3,5 g.

Glittering-bellied emeralds are often found in the edges of sub-tropical moist forests, but also in a wide range of semi-open habitats, including gardens and parks.

They mostly eat the nectar of various flowers, but may occasionally hunt spiders and insects.

The glittering-bellied emerald nests in August-April. They build a cup-shaped nest using lichens, leaves and twigs, placed in the branches of a tree or scrub, in an aerial root or sometimes on the leaves of coffee saplings. There the female lays 2 white eggs which she incubates alone for 14-18 days. The chicks are fed by the female and fledge 20-24 days after hatching.

IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a very large breeding range and his described has common in much of its range. This species is not considered threatened at present.

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