|Hyacinth Visorbearer Augastes scutatus
|Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil
The Hyacinth Visorbearer is a Brazilian endemic and is classified as Near threatened by Birdlife International. It is found in a small area of Minas Gerais including the Serra do Cipó.
|There are two ecological races or subspecies in this area. The one shown in the photos is the nominate A. s. scutatus which is found at higher elevations up to 2,000 metres in rocky areas with low vegetation but with sufficient flowers and ground bromeliads to provide it with nectar.
The other subspecies, A. s. ilseae is found at lower elevations between 900 and 1,200 metres where it inhabits gallery forest.