One of the world’s most spectacular hummingbirds must be the White-bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon lindenii). Small and comparatively short-billed, it is found exclusively in the Andes of northwestern Venezuela, where it can be seen perching upon boulders or feeding on the nectar of flowering shrubs. It is unmistakable for its resplendent crest and striking black-and-white facial patterning.

Until 2014, all bearded helmetcrests were counted as a single species, but a study by Collar & Salaman split it into four, of which the White-bearded variety is the most common.

Although uncommon, the White-bearded Helmetcrest is considered a Least Concern species.


[1] - by Peter Boesman, 16 July 2007, Mérida State, Venezuela

[2] - by Émile Parzudaki, 1849

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