|White-chinned Sapphire Chlorestes cyanus
(aka Amazilia cyanus Hylocharis cyanus)
Brazilian name: beija-flor-roxo
|Brazil and Peru
The White-chinned Sapphire is distributed in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins with disjunct populations around Lake Maracaibo, along the coast of south-east Brazil and into north-east Argentina. See the distribution map at xeno-canto.
It is found in forest edges, gallery forest, white sand forests and restinga. It does not seem to be common in cities but the bird in photos 1 to 4 was photographed in the centre of São Paulo City which I think is the first record for the city.
|Points to watch out for are the straight red bill with black tip, the dark blue forehead, crown, cheeks and throat, the coppery rump and the green flanks. Photos 1 to 4 are of the race griseiventris which has a greyish belly but other races including the nominate shown in photo 5, have a green belly.|
|Photos 6 and 7 were taken on the eastern foothills of the Andes in Peru and are of the larger sub-species H. c. rostrata. Photo 6 is a male and photo 7 is a female.|
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