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 Campylopterus excellens

This taxon is Not Recognised as a species by BirdLife International.

Taxonomic source(s)
AOU. 1998. Check-list of North American birds. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Taxonomic note
Campylopterus curvipennis (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was previously split into C. curvipennis and C. excellens following Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993).

Distribution and population
Campylopterus excellens is fairly common in suitable habitat in south-east Veracruz, north-east Oaxaca and west Chiapas, Mexico (Howell and Webb 1995a, AOU 1998, A. G. Navarro in litt. 1998). Most records are from the Sierra de los Tuxtlas area of Veracruz.

This species inhabits humid and riparian forest, and open woodland in lowlands and foothills (up to 1,200 m) (Howell and Webb 1995a, AOU 1998, A. G. Navarro in litt. 1998). Its diet consists of nectar and arthropods (del Hoyo et al. 1999). Males in breeding condition have been reported in September-May (del Hoyo et al. 1999).

Extensive clearance for cattle-ranching and agriculture has deforested much of the region in which the species occurs, and remaining habitat is highly fragmented (Dirzo and García 1992).

Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II. It occurs in a number of reserves (such as the Santa Marta Biosphere Reserve), but the extent of protection that some of these provide is questionable (Dirzo and García 1992). Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys to assess the species's total population size. Monitor population trends through regular surveys. Monitor rates of habitat loss and degradation. Conduct research into the species's ecology. Improve active protection of existing reserves in the species's range. Increase the area of suitable habitat that has protected status.

AOU. 1998. Check-list of North American birds. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. 1999. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 5: Barn-owls to Hummingbirds. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Dirzo, R.; García, M. C. 1992. Rates of deforestation in Los Tuxtlas, a Neotropical area in southeast Mexico. Conservation Biology 6(1): 84-90.

Howell, S. N. G.; Webb, S. 1995. A guide to the birds of Mexico and northern Central America. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Isherwood, I., Sharpe, C J, Taylor, J.

Navarro, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Campylopterus excellens. Downloaded from on 04/07/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 04/07/2015.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Not Recognised
Family Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Species name author (Wetmore, 1941)