Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Damophila julie)

The Violet-bellied Hummingbird is another of the cute hummingbirds we saw in Colombia. Its name is pretty descriptive, since the belly is a deep iridescent purple tone that looks metallic on the right light; on the shadow it looks blue instead. The throat and face also glow in light green sometimes, other times it looks dark green along with the back of the head. It has a long and thin black bill that’s used like most hummingbird to extract nectar from the deep cavities of flowers in Colombia.

Violet-bellied Hummingbird - Damophila julie - Colibrí Pechiverde (2)

I saw this individual while walking down from Doña Dora’s restaurant. It was doing its early morning stretching routine.

Violet-bellied Hummingbird - Damophila julie - Colibrí Pechiverde

From this angle, the head and throat do not glow as strong as from the front, but the basic purple and green colors can be seen.

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