An endemic hummingbird of high elevations (3200 – 4800m), present only in the Central Andes of Colombia, from Caldas to Tolima.

More easily seen at Los Nevados National Park, albeit at low numbers when the Espeletia (“frailejón”) plants are not bloomed.

This image was taken at Los Nevados National Park. Here, the bird is perched on a Paramo Rosemary (Diplostephium revolutum, Asteraceae) which is by far the main food resource for the bird.