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Subspecies coruscans
Photo by Stanley Jones
Huembo, Amazonas, Peru, January 2017
Colibri coruscans


13-14cm (5-5½ in); tail 6cm (2¼ in)

  • Metallic green upperparts
  • Green underparts
  • Blue stomach
  • White vent
  • Bluish-purple near ears which meet under the bill
  • iridescent green tail with a blue band
  • Black down curved bill

Sexes are similar

Similar species

Lesser Violetear


Photo by ejaramillo
Cuenca, Ecuador, 2007

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.



Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. c. germanus:
  • C. c. coruscans:

An additional subspecies rostratus is not recognised by all authorities[2].


Coniferous or evergreen eucalyptus forest edges, open woodland, plantations, gardens, and plains areas.



The diet consists of nectar from a wide variety of flowers and also insects caught in flight.


The tiny, cup-shaped nest, is constructed from twigs and other plant material. The clutch consists of 2 eggs, which are incubated by the female for 17-18 days. The young fledge after three weeks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread discussing id of Violetears
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)

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