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Short-tailed Woodstar Myrmia micrura

Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick
Version: 1.0 — Published December 12, 2014


Distribution in the Americas

Short-tailed Woodstar is resident in the Tumbesian region of southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru. It occurs north in Ecuador to southwestern Manabí, including Isla de la Plata (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a). In Peru it occurs south to northern La Libertad (Zimmer 1953, Schulenberg et al 2010). Distribution in Peru of Short-tailed Woodstar. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006)

Short-tailed Woodstar usually is restricted to the lowlands. It occurs in Ecuador up to 800 m in Loja, but else in Ecuador it usually occurs only below 200 m (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a). Most records in Peru also are from elevations of only a few hundred meters, but locally (or seasonally?) it occurs up to 1200 m (Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Short-tailed Woodstar occupies arid scrub, scrubby areas, and gardens (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the Short-tailed Woodstar - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Short-tailed Woodstar

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2014). Short-tailed Woodstar (Myrmia micrura), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.shtwoo1.01