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Mexican Violetear

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Photo by Raul PadillaCosta Rica, April 2011
Photo by Raul Padilla
Costa Rica, April 2011
Colibri thalassinus


[edit] Identification

10·5–11·5 cm

  • Mostly green, including vent
  • Violet at sides of head does not meet under bill

Sexes similar

[edit] Similar species

Lesser Violetear is the most proximal species of the Violetear group.

[edit] Distribution

Open mountain slopes of southern Mexico to north-central Nicaragua

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Lesser Violetear under the name Green Violetear.

[edit] Habitat

Relatively wide options from humid forest and second-growth to coffee plantations and open hillsides with bushes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They visit the flowers of a variety of shrubs and herbs.

[edit] Vocalisation

Sings while motionless on a high perch.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. SACC Baseline read January 2010#Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  4. Taxonomic information in this Birdforum thread from post 64 and on

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