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Hummingbirds of South America

Hummingbirds exist in the Western Hemisphere only, with almost half the species living in the "equatorial belt" between 10 degrees north and south of the equator. Hummingbirds comprise the family Trochilidae, among the smallest of birds, with most species measuring in the 3"-5" range.

The hummingbird family is very large, with 366 species and 112 genera, mostly south of the U.S.

The countries of South America are host to many species of hummingbirds. Colombia alone has 165 species, and Ecuador has 132!!

Map of South America


Number of Hummingbird Species in South American Countries

Country Number of Species Read More
Colombia 165 Hummingbirds of Colombia
Ecuador 132 Hummingbirds of Ecuador
Peru 124 Hummingbirds of Peru
Venezuela 100 Hummingbirds of Venezuela
Bolivia 83 Hummingbirds of Bolivia
Brazil 81 Hummingbirds of Brazil
Guyana 39  
Argentina 36  
Suriname 35  
French Guyana 32  
Paraguay 20  
Chile 10  
Uruguay 6  


Hummingbird Species in South America Listed by Country

Included below is a list of 290 hummingbird species in South America, in alphabetical order. Checkmarks indicate which species are found in each South American country. Differing birding sources may report small variation in numbers of species. This database represents our best effort to create an accurate species listing.

Click the image below for a complete list of species in PDF format. Or click here to view the species list (PDF)


What Are Some of the Hummingbirds Found in South America?

Long-tailed Sylph
Long-tailed Sylph Hummingbird
Purple-billed Whitetip
Purple-billed Whitetip Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Booted-racket Tail
Booted-racket Tail Hummingbird
Buff-tailed Coronet
Buff-tailed Coronet Hummingbird
Long-billed Starthroat
Long-billed Starthroat Hummingbird
White-necked Jacobin
White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird
Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
Green-crowned Brilliant
Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
White-bellied Woodstar
White-bellied Woodstar Hummingbird
Velvet-purple Coronet
Velvet-purple Coronet Hummingbird
Tourmaline Sunangel
Tourmaline Sunangel Hummingbird
Shining Sunbeam
Shining Sunbeam Hummingbird
Buff-winged Starfrontlet
Buff-winged Starfrontlet Hummingbird
Speckled Hummingbird
Speckled Hummingbird
Collared Inca
Collared Inca Hummingbird


The beautiful Sword-billed Hummingbird of South America
The beautiful Sword-billed Hummingbird of South America

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