10 Amazing Facts Of The Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird

Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird

As we encounter a myriad of bird species in our lifetimes, certain remarkable ones leave an indelible mark on our memories. Such an alluring bird is the Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird which is most likely to be found in the mountains of Ecuador. 

Let’s have a look at the 10 amazing facts about the Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbirds and their lives.

Advertisement

1. The Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird is also known as Chimborazo Hillstar.

Ecuadorian Hillstar or Chimborazo Hillstar is a small bird with brilliantly colored feathers, native to the Andes mountain range of Ecuador and southern Colombia. It has a length of around 10 to 12 cm and weighs approximately 8 g. 

Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird

Advertisement

2.Males and females are slightly different from each other. 

Male Ecuadorian Hillstars have a shimmery violet-purple hood with a horizontal black chest stripe and a dark line running down the center of the white belly. Their above feathers are dark olive green, the central tail feathers blue-green, and the rest are typically white with black edges. 

Females are duller olive green and have whitish throats covered with brown spots. Their underparts are pale gray with a dark tail. 

Advertisement

Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird Female

3.They have a slightly decurved black bill.

4.Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbirds are primarily found in the Andes Mountains.

They range in the high-altitude regions of Ecuador and extreme southern Colombia. Mostly they prefer to live in areas with cloud forests and shrublands, where they can find nectar-rich flowers for feeding. 

Advertisement

5.All hummingbird species are famous for unique nectar-feeding habits, and the Ecuadorian Hillstar is no exception. 

Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird

Their diet consists mainly of nectar from various flowers, especially the orange flowers of the Chuquiraga shrub. With their long slender beaks, they can easily reach deep into flowers to extract nectar. Ecuadorian Hillstars also feed on insects while foraging in the vegetation and along the cliffs. 

Advertisement

6.They seek shelter in caves during the night or when the weather is bad. 

7.Unlike other hummingbird species, Ecuadorian Hillstars build their nests on the walls of steep ravines or in caves, sometimes in bushes also. 

Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird female with nest

To protect themselves from the cold weather, they build their large nests with an overhang for added protection from hail, rain, and other harsh weather conditions. They use warm materials like feathers, grass, moss, horse hair, rabbit fur, and plants to build their nests. 

Advertisement

8.Males of Ecuadorian Hillstars do not participate in building nests, incubating eggs, and raising young ones. 

9.To conserve energy: they cling to the plant while feeding, instead of hovering, and go into a torpid state during the night. 

Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird

Ecuadorian Hillstar: the bird’s name indicates its habitat and extensive abilities to survive in the mountainous region. This alluring Ecuadorian Hillstar Hummingbird serves as a reminder of the incredible diversity found in our nature. Hope!, you enjoyed reading about this alluring bird.

Advertisement

Thank you! 

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *