Speckled Hummingbird

The Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) – also known as Pipita within its natural range – is a South American hummingbird that occurs naturally in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

They inhabit forests and forest edges above an elevation of 1,000 m or 3,000 ft.

Other Names:

Spanish: Colibrí Jaspeado; French: Colibri moucheté; German: Schwarzohrkolibri .

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • Adelomyia melanogenys melanogenys (Fraser, 1840) – Nominate Race
    • Range: Andes of western Venezuela (Mérida) and eastern Colombia south through east Andes to south-central Peru
  • Adelomyia melanogenys aeneosticta (Simon, 1889)
    • Range: Northern and central Venezuela
  • Adelomyia melanogenys cervina (Gould, 1872)
    • Range: Western and central Andes of Colombia
  • Adelomyia melanogenys connectens (Meyer de Schauensee, 1945)
    • Range: Huila (southern Colombia)
  • Adelomyia melanogenys maculata (Gould, 1861)
    • Range: Ecuador to N Peru
  • Adelomyia melanogenys chlorospila (Gould, 1872)
    • Range: SE Peru
  • Adelomyia melanogenys inornata (Gould, 1846)
    • Range: Yungas of Bolivia and NW Argentina (Salta, Jujuy)

Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)


The Speckled Hummingbird measures about 3 inches or 8 cm in length (from bill to tip of tail). The upper plumage is a glossy green/bronze. The underside is pale, with green and bronze specks. It has a wide dark stripe from his eye down to its neck with a white stripe above.

Similar Species: They are easily mistaken for a female Blossomcrown (Anthocephala floriceps) – a rare spieces; or a female or juvenile Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae).

Nesting / Breeding

Hummingbirds are solitary in all aspects of life other than breeding; and the male’s only involvement in the reproductive process is the actual mating with the female.

Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)

Speckled Hummingbird

Diet / Feeding

The Speckled Hummingbirds primarily feed on nectar taken from a variety of brightly colored, scented small flowers of trees, herbs, shrubs and epiphytes.

Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys)

Calls / Vocalizations

This bird is generally quiet.

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