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Photo by firecrest15
Sachatamia Lodge, West Andes, Ecuador, April 2015
Boissonneaua jardini


Photo by jeffworman
Mindo, Ecuador, January 2017

11–12·7 cm (4¼-5 in)

  • Bright blue and coppery green on back and wings
  • Deep violet belly
  • Purple crown and breast
  • Black throat
  • Cinnamon underwing coverts (just visible on the folded wing)
  • Forked tail
  • Black upperside
  • Whitish underside (outer tail feathers pale bordered black)
  • Straight black bill

Female similar but duller, tail less strongly forked.


South America: found in the western Andes of south-western Colombia and north-western Ecuador.


Photo by Dušan Brinkhuizen
Reserva Las Gralarias, Ecuador, May 2009

This is a monotypic species[1].


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical wet and humid forests and edges, often where trees are covered in epiphytes[2].



Their diet consists of nectar and insects, which are caught by hawking.


They are generally considered to breed from January to March but a nest with young was seen in Colombia during September. A cup-shaped nest is built from moss and lichen, and is placed on a horizontal branch or thin fork. The clutch consists of 2 eggs which are incubated by the female.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Nov 2017)
  4. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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