Andean macilia

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Andean macilia
Andean macilia

Andean macilia

Class : Birds (aves)
Order : Sailor birds (Apodiformes)
Family : Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)
Genre : Amazilia hummingbirds ( Amazilia )
Type : Andean macilia
Scientific name
Amazilia franciae
( Bourcier & Mulsant , 1846)

The Andean Parrot ( Amazilia franciae ) is a species of bird from the hummingbird family (Trochilidae). The species has a large range that includes the South American countries Peru , Ecuador and Colombia . The IUCN assesses the population as Least Concern .


The Andean Amazilie reaches a body length of about 9.1 centimeters, with the straight beak about 22 millimeters long. The pale pink lower bill is darkly colored at the tip. The top of the male is shimmering green, with the top of the head being purple-blue. The sides of the head and neck are glittering green. The entire underside is white with green flanks. The upper tail covers are copper colored. The slightly forked tail is bronze-green. Shortly before the tail end, the control feathers are traversed by a fuzzy dark band, which at the very end merges into a pale white border. The females look very similar, but have a green skull.


Normally, as solitary animals, they regularly fly to specific flowers in quick succession (traplining). Occasionally they gather at tree blossoms but also with other conspecifics and hummingbirds. During brief outages, they hunt insects in flight, which are often near plants. Occasionally they sing while sitting on exposed branches.

distribution and habitat

The birds like to move around damp to wet forest edges, secondary vegetation and cleared highlands with only a few trees. In Colombia they can be found at altitudes between 1000 meters and 2000 meters. The subspecies A. f. cyanocollis can be found on the upper reaches of the Río Marañón in a rather dry area with scrub and forest edges at altitudes between 400 and 2750 meters. A. f. viridiceps is present in Tumbes at altitudes between 600 and 700 meters. Their natural habitat is similar to that of other Amazilia hummingbirds , but it appears that they are more dependent on forests than other species in this genus.


Her singing is a rather squeaky sounding series that is similar to the song of the sugar bird ( Coereba flaveola ), but sounds less melodic. At A. f. cyanocollis this sounds like a haunting series of tea tew tew tones. In contrast, the call of A. f. viridiceps like a loud, wildly scattered beeping, as well as a series of ti ti ti ti tones.


Distribution of the Andean macilia

So far, three subspecies of the Andean macilia are known.

  • Amazilia franciae franciae ( Bourcier & Mulsant , 1846) - The nominate form occurs in the north-west and central Colombia. Here you can find them in the western Andes except in the Departamento de Nariño , in the Central Andes in the valley of the Río Magdalena and the eastern Andes in the Departamento de Cundinamarca .
  • Amazilia franciae viridiceps ( Gould , 1860) - This subspecies is distributed in southwest Colombia through western Ecuador to the Tumbes region in Peru. In Ecuador the distribution area extends in the south to the province of El Oro and in the west to the province of Loja . There were also few observations in the province of Zamora Chinchipe . In contrast to the nominate shape, the top of the head shimmers green.
  • Amazilia franciae cyanocollis ( Gould , 1853) - This subspecies is common in northern Peru. The crown of the head and the sides of the head are blue-green.

Etymology and history of research

Jules Bourcier and Étienne Mulsant described the Andean macilia under the name Trochilus Franciæ . The type specimen came from Bogotá . Only later was it added to the genus Amazilia . This name comes from a novel by Jean-François Marmontel , who told of an Inca heroine named Amazili in Les Incas, Ou La Destruction De L'empire Du Pérou . "Franciae" is dedicated to Francia Bourcier, probably a daughter of Jules Bourcier. The word "cyanocollis" is a Latin word made up of "cyanos" for "shiny blue, lapis lazuli " and "-collis, collum" for "-necked, neck, neck". "Viridiceps" is composed of the Latin words "viridis" for "green" and "-ceps, caput" for "-crown, head".


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Web links

Commons : Andean Mazilie  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Steven Leon Hilty u. a., p. 273.
  2. a b Robert Sterling Ridgely et al. a .: Birds of Ecuador Field Guide: Field Guide. 2001, p. 264.
  3. a b c d Thomas Scott Schulenberg, p. 228
  4. ^ IOC World Bird List Hummingbirds
  5. a b Jules Bourcier u. a., p. 324
  6. ^ John Gould: Description of twenty-two new species of Humming Birds. 1860, p. 307.
  7. ^ Robert Sterling Ridgely: Birds of Ecuador Field Guide: Status, Distribution, and Taxonomy. 2001, p. 256.
  8. ^ John Gould (1853), p. 61.
  9. a b Jules Bourcier u. a., p. 325.
  10. René Primevère Lesson u. a. (1827), entry p. 683, see plate: XXXI, Figure 3.Oiseau-Mouche (Orthorynchus Amazilia, N.)
  11. ^ John Gould: A monograph of the Trochilidæ, or family of humming-birds. 1860, plate 287 plus text. Gould thinks it is a daughter of Bourcier. He doesn't seem to know clearly. He wrote: M. Bourcier tells us that he has named this species in honor of Mademoiselle Francia Bourcier, who is, I believe, his amiable daughter.
  12. James A. Jobling p. 126.
  13. James A. Jobling p. 403.