Definition of hillstar in English:



  • A hummingbird that typically lives at high altitude, especially in the Andes, and is adapted to the harsher climate there.

    Family Trochilidae: two genera, in particular Oreotrochilus, and five species

    • ‘On the routes guests see a wide variety of birds including hummingbirds, hillstars and many species of birds of prey.’
    • ‘Resident birds such as wedge-tailed hillstars and Cochamba mountain finches seek shelter from the blowing wind.’
    • ‘Some like the hillstars of the High Andes nest in small caves from which they hang their nests, some hang theirs from the underside of leaves’