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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
Colombia 165
Ecuador 132
Peru 124
Venezuela 100
Bolivia 83
Brazil 81
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?

Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird
Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird
White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird
White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird
Purple-crowned Fairy Hummingbird
Purple-crowned Fairy Hummingbird
Fiery-throated Hummingbird
Fiery-throated Hummingbird
Purple-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird
Purple-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird
Long-tailed Sylph Hummingbird
Long-tailed Sylph Hummingbird
Purple-billed Whitetip Hummingbird
Purple-billed Whitetip Hummingbird
Chestnut-breasted Coronet Hummingbird
Chestnut-breasted Coronet Hummingbird
Stripe-throated Hummingbird
Stripe-throated Hummingbird
White-bellied Mountain Gem Hummingbird
White-bellied Mountain Gem Hummingbird
White-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird
White-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird
Booted-racket Tail Hummingbird
Booted-racket Tail Hummingbird
Buff-tailed Coronet Hummingbird
Buff-tailed Coronet Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
 
Special thanks go out to the great nature photographers Alan Schmierer and Rolf Riethof for sharing many of their beautiful public-domain photographs of hummingbirds on this website via Flickr.

 

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

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