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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

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[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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. SACC Baseline read January 2010#Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  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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