|Fork-tailed Woodnymph Thalurania furcata
Brazilian name: beija-flor-tesoura-verde
|Brazil and Peru
The Fork-tailed Woodnymph is found east of the Andes from north east Venezuela to northern Argentina but is missing from the extreme south of Brazil. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
It likes forest and forest edge habitat and is also found in semi-open areas and gardens. It feeds on both nectar and
|Photo 1 is probably the sub-species T. f. baeri though it might be an intergradation between that race
and T. f. balzani. The white crissum is very noticeable in this photo.
Photo 2 is probably the nominate sub-species though the use of flash distorts the colours.
Photo 6 shows an immature male while photo 7 from northern Peru shows a male of the sub-species T. f. viridipectus with a more extensive green gorget extending down to the breast.
|The male has a glittering green throat with violet across the belly and in a narrow band across the back of the neck. Otherwise it is bronzy green above and it has white on its thighs and undertail coverts. The female, seen here in photos 4 and 5, is pale grey below and has white tips on the outer three tail feathers.|
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