Blue-bearded Helmetcrest

Blue-bearded Helmetcrest

Blue-bearded Helmetcrest by Sharon Schafer
Species & Artwork Details
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
TROCHILIDAE
Order: 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES
Genus: 
Oxypogon
Species: 
cyanolaemus
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Salvin & Godman, 1880
Medium: 
Acrylic on Hardboard
This rare short-billed hummingbird is endemic to the Santa Maria Mountains of northeastern Columbia. Long thought to be extinct, this critically endangered species was rediscovered in March 2015. Its declining population is believed to be between 50 and 250 individuals.