Little Woodstar Chaetocercus bombus
Little Woodstar, Reserva Arena Blanca, San Martin, Peru, October 2018 - click on image for a larger view Reserva Arena Blanca, San Martin, Peru
October 2018

The Little Woodstar is distributed from the extreme south-west of Colombia through Ecuador to north-west Peru. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in semi-deciduous and humid forest and forest edges at between 600 and 2,700 metres. However, its distribution in its range is very patchy and records are fairly scarce which has led Birdlife International to classify this species as Vulnerable.

Very similar to White-bellied Woodstar C. mulsant but the male has no white on the underparts and has a less purple gorget. The female, shown here, is mainly buffy below and has a buffy rather than white superciliary.

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