A female Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) sleeps in Peru.
The Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis) is a species of hummingbird.
It is found in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forest.
The taxonomy of this species is uncertain. The subspecies spencei is recognised by Sibley and Monroe as a full species, the Merida Sunangel, H. spencie (Bourcier 1847), but other authorities lump it with Longuemare's Sunangel, H. clarisse of Colombia and Venezuela or consider both spencei and clarisse as subspecies of Amethyst-throated Sunangel.
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.
Conservation measures underway The species is protected within reserves in many areas throughout its extensive range, for instance in Cordillera Azul, Apurímac (Peru), and Beni (Bolivia).
Check out another little hummingbird's extreme slumber below: