URBAN BIRDS OF THE PARKS, GARDENS, AND SOURROUNDING AREAS OF LOJA CITY ECUADOR. BOOK WITH 44 COMMON SPECIES. ILLUSTRATED BY PABLO ANDRADE. WORK SUPPORTED BY JAN HINLOOPEN
White bellied Woodstar, chaetocercus mulsant, estrellita Ventriblanca
1100 – 3500 meters.
White bellied Woodstar. The most widespread and generally most numerous woostar in highlands, inhabiting a variety of habitats from montane forest borders to shrubby clearings and gardens.
This hummingbird is not common, but sometimes can be found around the city in gardens.
Bill essentially straight ( 18mm). Males, shining green above with large white patch on sides of lower back extending down to flanks. Gorgert glittering pinkish violet; underparts mainly white with pectoral collar outlining gorget and arching up onto sides of neck and connecting to white postocular stripe; sides contrastingly dark green, creating a distinctive (vested) look. Rather short deeply forked tail with outer feathers sharply pointed, black. White bellied Woodstar.- Female, bronzier above than males, with more prominent white postocular stripe. Mostly white below, including “echo” of males pectoral collar, with contrasting rufous sides and flanks. Unforked tail shorter than males, mostly rufous with black subterminal band.
Basically a nonforest woodstar, most often seen feeding at flowering trees in semiopen and in gardens. Feeding birds often slowly wag tail. White bellied Woodstar
Information taken from the book Birds Of Ecuador of Robert Ridgely and Paul Greenfield