Rainbow Starfrontlet
Coeligena iris

A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-birds(sup.)
Vol. supplement- Plate No. 17

Length: 14 cm

The Rainbow Starfrontlet is found only in local areas of Ecuador and Peru. The two birds in this illustration are both male. The female has less lustre on its head and cheeks. They live in highlands between an altitude of 1700 to 3000 meters. Their breeding season is between November and January, and they build cup-shaped nests from moss and twigs.