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[[Image:3337IMG_0652.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Male. Photo by Michael W]] [[Image:3337IMG_0652.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Male. Photo by Michael W]]
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==Identification== ==Identification==

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Pterophanes cyanopterus
Male. Photo by Michael W
Male. Photo by Michael W



A very large (15.5cm., 6in.) hummingbird. Long (30mm) bill with slight upturn. Male is irridescent green above; blue-green below. Wings blue. Small white post-ocular spot. Female has browner crown, less intense coloration in general, and rufous breast with speckled green flanks. This is the largest hummingbird in its habitat (the Giant Hummingbird does not come to such humid areas).


Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru between 3000 and 3600m in elevation.


Three subspecies are recognized, cyanopterus, caeruleus, and peruvianus.


Shrubby borders of high-altitude temperate forests areas.


Fast, direct flight. Feeds at flowers either from hover or perch. Is attracted to feeders.

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