Heliangelus amethysticollis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Heliangelus amethysticollis
Species Authority: (d'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1938)
Common Name(s):
English Amethyst-throated Sunangel
Taxonomic Notes: Heliangelus amethysticollis and H. spencei (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) have been lumped into H. amethysticollis following SACC (2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Temple, H.
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species occurs in the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'fairly common' (Stotz et al. 1996).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is found predominantly in wet and humid montane forests (couldforest and elfin forest), and to a lesser extent in forest-edge, bushy second growth, open bushy terrain along streams and humid grassy slopes, from 1800-3200 m (Schuchman 1999). It forages in the low and middle strata, feeding on nectar and insects.
Systems: Terrestrial

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
The species is protected within reserves in many areas throughout its extensive range, for instance in Cordillera Azul, Apurímac (Peru), and Beni (Bolivia).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Heliangelus amethysticollis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. <>. Downloaded on 22 July 2014.
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