Buff-tailed coronet

Boissonneaua flavescens

The buff-tailed coronet is a species of hummingbird from the family Trochilidea. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Distinguishing characteristics are the short bill, glittering green coloration, and buffy color under the remiges and rectrices . Like other hummingbirds, the buff-tailed coronet is often found in mid-level forest to canopy searching for flowers with nectar and some insects. This bird is commonly found from 1500–2400 meters above sea level.
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Appearance

The buff-tailed coronet has only slight sexual dimorphism. The female is scaled with white feathers mostly throughout the chin and throat, and some on the belly. Prominent feather colorations are iridescent green with darker wing tips, and buffy hues under the wing and tail feathers. On the face, there is an obvious white post ocular spot on each side. Puffy white “boots” are present at the thighs, an orange tuft at the shoulder, and a short, dark bill. Average size for a buff-tailed coronet is 13.2-13.5 cm with a bill length of 1.8–2 cm.

The buff-tailed coronet and fawn-breasted brilliant are commonly confused due to their similar posterior coloration. The fawn-breasted brilliant has more buff coloration on its breast and underbelly.
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Behavior

The buff-tailed coronet may share feeding areas with other hummingbirds, but it can be aggressive.
Buff-tailed coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens) Acaime Reserve, Quindio, Colombia. Jun 10, 2014. Boissonneaua flavescens,Buff-tailed coronet,Colombia,Geotagged,Spring

Habitat

The bird occupies many types of habitat, including cloud forest, elfin forest, and páramo. It occurs at 1500 to 2400 meters in elevation.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderApodiformes
FamilyTrochilidae
GenusBoissonneaua
SpeciesB. flavescens
Photographed in
Colombia
Ecuador