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Panterpe insignisCabanis and Heine, 1860
Common Name: Fiery-throated hummingbird, Colibri garganta de fuego

The species usually prefers shrubby clearing and forest borders in high mountains.

Reported from Costa Rica and western Panama.
Natural History Notes
This species is highly active and pugnacious and feeds relatively low at flowers and flowering shrubs, often with other hummingbird spp.
This species has a total length of 10.80 cm (measured from tip of bill to end of tail). The beak of this hummingbird is straight, black above and pinkish below with a black tip, and has a length of 1.90 cm. Both sexes look similar. This bird has a blue crown on the top of the head and white spots behind the eye. The rest of the body is mostly green above with sometimes a blue iridescence on the rump. The tail is blue-black and the throat has a beautiful orange coloration, becoming scarlet red in the center. The chest is blue, becoming violet in the center. The underparts are green.
Other Literature
Tramer, E. J. and Simmers, B. 1994. Unusual copulatory behavior by Fiery-throated Hummingbirds. Wilson Bulletin. 106(3): 573-574 Wolf, L. L., Stiles, F. G., et al. 1976. Ecological Organization of a Tropical Highland Hummingbird Community. Journal of Animal Ecology. 45(2): 349-379
In Bocas Del Toro
Museum ReferencesThe Field Museum
LocalityCordillera -- 6000 ft.
CommentsConservation status according to IUCN 2008 Red list: Least Concern (LC)
Compiled by
Lexi Weintraub; Zoe Joly-Lopez
IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Ridgely, Robert. S. and John. A. Gwynne. Jr. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama. Second Edition. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey. 534 p.

Wetmore, Alexander. 1968. The birds of the Republic of Panamá. Part 2. Columbidae (Pigeons) to Picidae (Woodpeckers). Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
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