Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)

The Green Thorntail has a tail with a unique shape, where the feathers are disjoint and look like an X. While generally the body of the male is gliterring green, its head looks grayish unless seen from the perfect angle. In low light, the head may take on dark purple tones. Both male and female show a white band on the back. The female also has white on the cheeks and belly, interspersed by black markings which join in a stripe running through the center of the belly. These are very small hummingbirds with a flight pattern very much like a bee, being smooth and slow, instead of the very fast movements that larger hummingbirds display.

A very small hummingbird, it looks like an oversized bee as it flies with a smooth pattern, very different from the rapid bursts of movement than most other hummingbirds use
Green Thorntail - Discosura conversii - Cola-de-lira Verde
A small hummingbird, the female has a black stripe that runs through a mostly white belly. It also has a black strip on the throat, surrounded by some white.
Green Thorntail, Male - Discosura conversii - Cola-de-lira Verde, Macho
A male resting peacefully on a small branch.
Green Thorntail, Male - Discosura conversii - Cola-de-lira Verde, Macho (2)
In this angle, the throat looks purplish, and relatively dark.
Green Thorntail, Male - Discosura conversii - Cola-de-lira Verde, Macho (3)
This male stood on a single small branch under the rain.
Green Thorntail, Male - Discosura conversii - Cola-de-lira Verde, Macho (4)
The throat changes from deep black to glittering green according to the angle of view.

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