Birds of the World

    APODIFORMES: Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)  
Genus: Metallura (9 species)

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


Scaled Metaltail
Scaled Metaltail (Metallura aeneocauda) Female
Range: SA: Peru and Bolivia
Manu, Peru  
   
Photograph by Bruno Conjeaud   © All Rights Reserved.

The Scaled Metailtail overlaps with the Tyrian Metaltail where the Tyrian has a blue tail (although that blue tail may appear red). The Scaled has a 'bronzy-green' tail (Birds of Peru) and is 25% larger at 13 cm.

Violet-throated Metaltail
Violet-throated Metaltail (Metallura baroni) Male Endangered
Range: SA: sc Ecuador
Cajas National Park, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.

Violet-throated Metaltail
Violet-throated Metaltail (Metallura baroni) Female Endangered
Range: SA: sc Ecuador
Cajas National Park, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.


Fiery-throated Metaltail
Fiery-throated Metaltail (Metallura eupogon)
Range: SA: Peru
Carretera Satipo, Peru  
   
Photograph by Bradley Hacker   © All Rights Reserved.


Perija Metaltail
Perija Metaltail (Metallura iracunda) Male Endangered
Range: SA: n Colombia and Venezuela
Colombia  
   
Photograph by Andres Cuervo     Copyright and usage info

Perija Metaltail
Perija Metaltail (Metallura iracunda) Female Endangered
Range: SA: n Colombia and Venezuela
Perij√° Mountains, Cesar, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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

Neblina Metaltail
Neblina Metaltail (Metallura odomae) Male
Range: SA: s Ecuador and n Peru
Peru  
   
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.

Neblina Metaltail
Neblina Metaltail (Metallura odomae) Female
Range: SA: s Ecuador and n Peru
Peru  
   
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.


Black Metaltail
Black Metaltail (Metallura phoebe) Female
Range: SA: Peru
Rio Chonta, Cajamarca, Peru
  The male has a green gorget and bronzy metal tail.
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.


Coppery Metaltail
Coppery Metaltail (Metallura theresiae) Male
Range: SA: n, c Peru
Unchog, Peru  
   
Photograph by Bradley Hacker   © All Rights Reserved.

Coppery Metaltail
Coppery Metaltail (Metallura theresiae) Female
Range: SA: n, c Peru
Barros Negro, Peru  
   
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.


Tyrian Metaltail
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina smaragdinicollis)
Range: SA: n Venezuela to n Bolivia
Wayqecha, Peru
  A photo of southern Peru blue-tailed race with red tail with just some touches of blue.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Tyrian Metaltail
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina quitensis) Male
Range: SA: n Venezuela to n Bolivia
Guango Lodge, Ecuador
  Note red back of tail distinctive for this species.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Tyrian Metaltail
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina districta) Male
Range: SA: n Venezuela to n Bolivia
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia
  Blue-tailed Santa Marta and Perija race.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Tyrian Metaltail
Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina tyrianthina) Female
Range: SA: n Venezuela to n Bolivia
Manizales, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A small hummingbird with a short bill.
Alt. photo
An odd female from Perija. The female of subspecies districta is not supposed to spotted.


Viridian Metaltail
Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami williami) Male
Range: SA: c Colombia to s Ecuador
Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Viridian Metaltail
Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami atrigularis) Male
Range: SA: c Colombia to s Ecuador
Gualaceo, Azuay Province, Ecuador
  Note black throat on atrigularis subspecies, which is not present in other races. Also note green inside of tail of both Ecuadorian subspecies.
   
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.

Viridian Metaltail
Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami atrigularis) Male
Range: SA: c Colombia to s Ecuador
Alshi, Morona-Santiago Province, Ecuador
  Compare to the red back of tail of the Tyrian Metaltail.
   
Photograph by Peter Hawrylyshyn   © All Rights Reserved.

Viridian Metaltail
Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami williami) Female
Range: SA: c Colombia to s Ecuador
Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A small hummingbird generally found at higher altitudes than the Tyrian Metaltail (usually at over 3000m). Males of subspecies williami in central Colombia have a blue on inside of tail. Others races have green on inside of tail.
Back of tail.


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