Lesser Violetear (Colibri cyanotus)

The Lesser Violetear belongs to the same genus as the Brown Violetear, however they look pretty different due to the overall color. This species is by the most part green, however it has a big violet ear patch that is visible from any angle (not caused by iridescence) and also shows some blue-violet glow on the chest. The wing is dark brown above and light brown on the underside. They are relatively big when compared with other species we saw at Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, like the Buff-tailed Coronet.

Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (2)
This incredibly colorful hummingbird spread its tail feathers during a fight with another individual.
Vibrant colors are a signature of hummingbird plumage and Green Violetears are no exception. Even its tail feathers glow with metallic colors.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (7)
The violet patch on the ear is very conspicuous on this picture.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (6)
After perching, this hummingbird had the habit of stretching its wings to the back for a moment.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (5)
In what looks like a sword fight, a Violetear faces off with a female Talamanca, all while the rain was raging.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (3)
Another one of the green hummingbirds, this one has a very conspicuous violet patch on the ear that is sometimes raised, hence the name.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar
A Green Violetear perched on a porterweed, which provides a lot of nectar to these ever hungry birds.

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  1. Pingback: Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae) | The Nature Admirer

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