Bronzy inca

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Bronzy inca
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Coeligena
Species: C. coeligena
Binomial name
Coeligena coeligena
Lesson, 1833

The bronzy inca (Coeligena coeligena) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


Bronzy Inca, photo taken at San Isidro Lodge (east slope), Ecuador.

The bronzy inca is a large hummingbird, measuring 5 in (13 cm) in length. The main colour of the plumage is iridescent purple. The upperparts vary from a rich violet to a sparkling red, while the underparts are suffused with a greyish tinge. Each individual feather is banded with lighter and darker colours. The tail coverts have a golden-greenish lustre. The throat and breast are soft grey. The tail is broad and is suffused with the same purple tinge as the back.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Coeligena coeligena". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Jardine, Sir William, ed. (1833). The Naturalist's Library: Humming Birds, Part II. VII. London, UK: Henry G. Bohn. p. 79. Retrieved 24 August 2015.