May 7, 2017 – Hooded Visorbearer (Augastes lumachella)

These hummingbirds are found only in a small part of northeastern Brazil. Their unique shrubby savanna habitat is characterized by a type of vegetation known as campos rupestres, or rock fields, and is home to many endemic species of plants and animals. Their diet includes nectar from various flowering cacti and terrestrial bromeliad species. Females build tiny cup-shaped nests and care for the chicks. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN because of habitat loss in their small range, due to mining in the 19th century and cattle ranching today.


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