Magenta-throated woodstar

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Magenta-throated woodstar
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Male in Costa Rica
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Calliphlox
Species: C. bryantae
Binomial name
Calliphlox bryantae
(Lawrence, 1867)
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Range of C. bryantae
Male in flight

The magenta-throated woodstar (Calliphlox bryantae) is a hummingbird that is a resident breeder in forest edge and scrub in Costa Rica and western Panama.

The 9 cm (3.5 in) long, 3.5 g (0.12 oz) male magenta-throated woodstar is unmistakable with its magenta throat separated by a white collar from the green chest and flanks. The back is green and the belly is rufous. There are white rump patches, and the black-tipped tail is long and forked.

The female is 3 cm (1.2 in) long and lacks the male’s long tail. Her plumage is generally like the male’s but her throat is grey-buff instead of magenta, and the tail sides are rufous. Immature birds are like the female, but paler below and with buff fringes to the upperparts plumage.

The male gives a diving display flight alone or in loose groups. His song is a spluttering gurgle, and the call a dry chi or territorial chrrrrt.

These birds usually visit flowers of herbs, trees and scrubs for nectar, cocking their tails as they feed.

Its nest is undescribed.


  • Stiles, F. Gary; Skutch, Alexander F. (1989). A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. Comstock Publishing Associates. ISBN 0-8014-9600-4. 

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