Black metaltail

Metallura phoebe

The black metaltail is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is endemic to Peru and possibly stretches to northern Chile and Bolivia. Within the latter two countries it is possible that there may be speciation or separate subspecies but more research is required.
Black metaltail (Metallura phoebe) Abra Gavilan, Cajamarca, Peru. Jan 28, 2021 Black metaltail,Geotagged,Metallura phoebe,Peru,Summer

Status

It has recently been threatened by deforestation and degradation of grasslands.

Behavior

Its song has been reported to be a repeating "tsee" noise. Like most hummingbirds it hovers in flight for most of its nectar feeding, and will also hunt arthropods. Eggs are usually laid between July and January.

Habitat

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forest and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderApodiformes
FamilyTrochilidae
GenusMetallura
SpeciesM. phoebe
Photographed in
Peru