- Amazilia tobaci
Upperside is green with variable amounts of copper, strongest on the rump, but sometimes covering all the way to the crown. Wings and tail has a purple-blue sheen; tail is slightly forked. Underside is generally green, blending in to either coppery-cinnamon-rufous or bluish black undertail coverts (variation is geopgraphic and correlates with different subspecies). Mandible can have some flesh colour, but tip is always black.
Trinidad, Tobago and Venezuela.
There are 7 subspecies:
- Arid littoral of north-eastern Venezuela and Isla Margarita
- Coastal ranges and arid littoral of northern Venezuela
- Eastern and south-eastern Venezuela (Orinoco Valley to the tepuis)
Rain and cloud forests, second growth, etc. but also gardens and savannas with scattered trees up to 1600 to 1800 metres above sea level.
The diet includes mainly nectar and some insects.
It builds a very small cup shaped nest which is placed on a low branch; the eggs are incubated for 16-17 days, and the young fledge 19-23 days later. There can be 3 broods in a season.
- Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
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