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Violet-throated Metaltail - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
Parque Nacional El Cajas, northwest of Cuenca, Azuay Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Metallura baroni


10–11 cm

  • Dark olive-green upperparts
  • Purple-violet throat
  • Sky-blue tail with yellowish-green underside
  • Straight black bill


  • Whitish-grey underparts
  • Incomplete throat patch
  • Dense olive-green spots
  • Whitish tips to underside of outer tail feathers


South America: found in páramo of Andes of south-central Ecuador (Azuay)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Páramo vegetation with some scattered patches of elfin forest. Observed at heights around 3,970 m.



Their main diet consists of nectar taken in hover-flight.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International

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