|Ecuadorian Hillstar Oreotrochilus chimborazo
|Antisana Reserve, Napo, Ecuador
The Ecuadorian Hillstar is a near endemic to Ecuador with only a small area in adjacent Colombia. It is found on both slopes of the Andes mainly between 3,600 and 4,600 metres in vegetation just below the snow-line. See the distribution map at xeno-canto.
|The male seen here in photos 1 and 3 has a glittering purple hood while the female in photo 2 is less flamboyant. They are seen feeding on the orange-flowered Chuquiragua bushes which should be regularly checked if you are looking for these lovely hummingbirds.|
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