August 5, 2019 Birds, Birds from Colombia

The Black-throated Mango is a mainly South American hummingbird. It is very common in Colombia, and it lives in open areas at the edge of forests and woodlands and close to natural bodies of water.

Black-throated Mango, Anthracothorax, female, © Victoria Restrepo

This Hummingbird can live up to 1750 m.a.s.l. Throughout the country, except on the Pacific coast.

It is a hummingbird of approximately 10.2 cm in size and weighing 7.2 g. They are very aggressive and territorial, and when establishing feeding territories, they not only chase away other hummingbirds but also go after large insects, such as bumblebees and moths.

Black-throated Mango, Anthracothorax, female, © Victoria Restrepo

Feeds on nectar and consumes insects that fly; sometimes, they may be seen hanging on the flowers while feeding.

The breeding season has been recorded from December to July. The male mates with several females. Its nest has been recorded at heights ranging from 8 to 15 meters. It is shaped like a cup. It is built by the female with vegetable fibers, seeds, lichens, moss, and dried leaves. The female usually lays two white eggs, which she incubates between 16 and 18 days.

Black-throated Mango, Anthracothorax, male, © Victoria Restrepo


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