Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)

The Violet-tailed Sylph is part of the Aglaiocercus genus, containing two more species, one of them being the Long-tailed Sylph which we also saw in Colombia during our trip. It has a long tail that glows in purple from the back. Other than that, the bird is mostly green, with flashes of orange on the belly and blue hues on the back. Their bill is relatively short when compared with other hummingbird species on its range. When the tail feathers are molted, individuals can be seen with shorter tails, like in the pictures below.

Violet-tailed Sylph - Aglaiocercus coelestis - Cometa Colivioleta (2)

Very similar to the Long-tailed Sylph, however the tail is violet on the upperside.

Violet-tailed Sylph - Aglaiocercus coelestis - Cometa Colivioleta (3)

This individual had a relatively short tail. The outer feathers of the tail, which are the ones that grow very long, are molt with some frequency, so these ones are probably growing back.

Violet-tailed Sylph - Aglaiocercus coelestis - Cometa Colivioleta

Its body is green generally, with hints of blue around the back and head.

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