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Brazil - Goias: Violet-Capped Woodnymph?

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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 14:28   #1
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Brazil - Goias: Violet-Capped Woodnymph?

Which type of hummingbird did I see in Brazil on 9th of October in the state Goias, a little to the west of Goiania).. Perhaps a Violet-Capped Woodnymph?

Anyone who can help me out with this one?

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Old Monday 22nd October 2018, 15:18   #2
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That's a good possibility but from my field guide I think it resembles a female Fork-tailed Woodnymph a little better. The head pattern and slightly more curved bill along with less green on sides / flanks are the features I'm going on.

I've seen them both but not long views.Maybe an expert will chime in.
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Thank you for your reply.

I have thought of that possibility, however female fork-tailed doens't show a lot of blue in the tail feathers (in my field guide..), while this one does..

Tough one! :)
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Any experts who can help me out with this one?

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Thank you for your reply.

I have thought of that possibility, however female fork-tailed doens't show a lot of blue in the tail feathers (in my field guide..), while this one does..

Tough one! :)
HBW on Fork-tailed Woodnymph states "Female bright green above, duller and more bronze on the crown, and pale grey below; the distal part of the tail is steely blue-black, the outer three rectrices white-tipped. Juvenile male nearly uniform dusky bronze-green below and dull bronze-green above; juvenile female averages more bronzy-green above than adults and usually shows some pale buffy fringes on face, nape and rump feathers."
So I guess Fork-tailed it is
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Thanks motmot! I think the picture in my field guide should be a bit better :)
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