Amethyst Woodstar (Calliphlox amethystina)

Amethyst Woodstar

[order] Apodiformes | [family] Trochilidae | [latin] Calliphlox amethystina | [UK] Amethyst Woodstar | [FR] Colibri amethyste | [DE] Amethyststernkolibri | [ES] Colibri Amatista | [IT] Stella dei boschi ametista | [NL] Amethistboself


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

The male has a straight black bill, a noticeably forked tail and an amethyst throat with a white band across the chest. The female has whitish underparts with green spots on the throat and a short tail.

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 6 cm size max.: 7 cm
incubation min.: 13 days incubation max.: 14 days
fledging min.: 20 days fledging max.: 22 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


The Amethyst Woodstar is one of the smallest hummingbirds and is found in South America east of the Andes from Venezuela to northern Argentina. Rare in Suriname, found in the sandy areas behind Zanderij.


It is found in a wide variety of habitats including gardens, savannas, forest clearings and open woodland but excluding forest interiors.


Nest is a small cup built on a tree branch and made of soft plant meterial. Clutch size is 2, incubated by female for about two weeks. Young fledge after three weeks.

Feeding habits

Mainly feeds on nectar from a variety of flowering plants and trees. Also hawks small insects in the air.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 8,000,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Amethyst Woodstar status Least Concern


Considered sedentary with some post breeding dispersal.

Distribution map

Amethyst Woodstar range map


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