Sparkling Violetear Colibri corruscans

Chilean name: Picaflor azúl

Sparkling Violetear, Putre, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image Putre, Chile
February 2007

The Sparkling Violetear is distributed in the Andes from Venezuela, through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to Bolivia, northwest Argentina and, recently, to northern Chile. It is found in woodland, gardens and páramo vegetation. In Putre it was in a small plantation of eucalypts which are surprisingly full of species in this otherwise tree-poor environment.

Sparkling Violetear, Putre, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image It is a large hummingbird with a medium-length, slightly drooping bill, and an iridescent blue "ear".
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