Purple-throated Mountain-gem (Lampornis calolaemus)

The Purple-throated Mountain-gem is a striking hummingbird, where the male has a brilliant, iridescent throat the turns purple. The crown also changes color, from dark purple to metallic blue, all due to the angle of light that is hitting it. The upperparts are mainly green, although the belly is gray and the chest has a broad metallic green band as well. The female is similar but has a cinnamon belly, chest and throat, which does make it look very contrasty and eye catching. Both sexes have a white postocular line that reaches down and back almost to the neck. They are mostly seen in mid elevation cloud forests.

The purple throat in this male can be seen just barely on this angle. The iridescence in hummingbird means that there is something different about each picture, even of the same individual.
The male striking yet another pose. A different shade of purple can be seen on the gorget.
A female resting on branch under the rain. The purple blobs on the background are “Rabo de gato” flowers.
Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Female - Lampornis calolaemus - Colibrí Montañes Gorgimorado, Hembra (2)
The belly of this hummingbird has a nice cinnamon color
Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Male - Lampornis calolaemus - Colibrí Montañes Gorgimorado, Macho (2)
The purple throat is brilliant, even when not hit directly by the sunlight
Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Male - Lampornis calolaemus - Colibrí Montañes Gorgimorado, Macho (3)
The purple gorget looks magenta instead from this angle due to iridescence
Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Male - Lampornis calolaemus - Colibrí Montañes Gorgimorado, Macho (4)
The colorful male is balanced by four light circles in the background due to the depth of field
Purple-throated Mountain-gem, Female - Lampornis calolaemus - Colibrí Montañes Gorgimorado, Hembra
The female lacks the purple iridescent throat and bright green chest band that the male shows

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