Birds of Colombia

    APODIFORMES: Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)  
Genus: Metallura (3 species, 9 worldwide)

Genus Metallura, Metaltails, are small hummingbirds with short straight bills. Tail colors vary widely between species and subspecies, making identification sometimes tricky.


Perija Metaltail
Perija Metaltail (Metallura iracunda) Male Endangered
Colombia  
   
Photograph by Andres Cuervo     Copyright and usage info

Perija Metaltail
Perija Metaltail (Metallura iracunda) Female Endangered
Perij√° Mountains, Cesar, Colombia  
   

Slightly larger than the Tyrian Metaltail also found in Perija, and usually found over 3000m in the paramo. Note dark colors on male.

Tyrian Metaltail
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina districta) Male
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia
  Blue-tailed Santa Marta and Perija race.
   

Tyrian Metaltail
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina quitensis) Male
Guango Lodge, Ecuador
  Note red back of tail distinctive for this species.
   

Tyrian Metaltail
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina) Female
La Calera, Cundinamarca, Colombia  
   

The Tyrian Metaltail has a coppery-red tail except the districta subspecies in Santa Marta (Colombia) and Perija (Colombia, Venezuela), which has a blue tail.
An odd female from Perija. The female of subspecies districta is not supposed to spotted.


Viridian Metaltail
Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami williami) Male
Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia
  Males of subspecies williami in central Colombia have a blue inside of tail. Others races have green on inside of tail.
   

Viridian Metaltail
Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami williami) Female
Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia  
   

Back of tail.


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