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8Â·1â€“9Â·2 cm (3Â¼-3Â¾ in)
Female shows light underparts including the throat.
Male of subspecies panamensis: green throat, violet underside, green upper that in some lights can shine violet, narrow white ring across lower body where the legs are, can sometimes give the same impression on the upperside. Bill shows lower mandible red except for the 1/5 at the tip, nearly straight.
Formerly placed in genus Damophila.
There are 3 subspecies:
Lowland evergreen and deciduous forests, forest edges and second growth. Observed at heights around 110 m.
Their diet consists of nectar from various shrubs. They also eat insects.
They build a cup-shaped nest from plant down.
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