Offshore hummingbird sightings in Chilean Patagonia

Paolo S. Segre, Alessandro Bocconcelli, Leigh S. Hickmott, Gloria Howes, Joseph D. Warren, Gustavo Chiang

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By many metrics hummingbirds are excellent fliers, but few species are known to undertake long flights over open water. Here we report 33 sightings of Green-backed Firecrowns (Sephanoides sephaniodes) crossing the Corcovado Gulf in Chilean Patagonia. Sightings ranged between 1.2 and 12.6 km from shore and occurred in a variety of weather conditions. The high frequency of offshore encounters suggests that either the Green-backed Firecrown performs a seasonal migration between Patagonian islands and fjords or a high level of connectivity exists between geographically separated metapopulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)796-799
Number of pages4
JournalWilson Journal of Ornithology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • dispersal
  • Green-backed Firecrown
  • hummingbird
  • Patagonia
  • Sephanoides sephaniodes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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