Retro-reflective hummingbirds

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Retro-reflective hummingbirds
Rusty Andean Hummingbird (Aglaeactis cupripennis)

Rusty Andean Hummingbird ( Aglaeactis cupripennis )

Sub-stem : Vertebrates (vertebrata)
Class : Birds (aves)
Order : Sailor birds (Apodiformes)
Family : Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)
Genre : Retro-reflective hummingbirds
Scientific name
Gould , 1848

The retroreflective hummingbirds ( Aglaeactis ) are a genus of small hummingbirds that are native to the higher regions of the Andes . They reach a length of twelve to thirteen centimeters. The males are characterized by bright purple or malachite green dorsal and rump feathers. They inhabit the páramo , evergreen mountain forests and scrubland at altitudes of 2500 to 4300 m. Their diet consists of flower nectar and insects.


There are four species found in Peru , Ecuador , Colombia, and Bolivia :


  • J. Del Hoyo, A. Elliot, J. Sargatal (Eds.) (1999): Handbook of the Birds of the World . Volume 5: Barn-Owls to Hummingbirds. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 8487334253

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