Andean Hillstars survive the sub zero temperatures of the high Andes by going into torpor at night, like a mini hibernation. They roost where the rising sun's rays will catch them and warm them into waking again in the morning.
Scientific name: Oreotrochilus estella
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Andean hillstar can be found in a number of locations including: South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Andean hillstar distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1