Brazilian Ruby Clytolaema rubricauda

Brazilian name: Beija-flor-rubi

Male Brazilian Ruby, Folha Seca, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image Brazil

The Brazilian Ruby is a Brazilian endemic found in forest, scrub and gardens in east Brazil.

The male, seen here in photos 1 to 5 has an iridescent green breast, a ruby-red gorget and an emerald green crown and forehead. At certain angles these are not evident and it looks like a large, dark hummingbird with a medium-length, straight bill and a white post-ocular spot. The undertail is rufous and the back is a greeny bronze colour.

The female-plumaged bird in photo 6 was seen in Bahia which must be the most northerly reported limit for this species.

Male Brazilian Ruby, Folha Seca, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image It differs from the male in its cinnamon underparts and its grass-green upperparts.

Photo 7 is of an immature male while photo 8 is of an immature female.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is also a page with excellent photos on Wikiaves.

Male Brazilian Ruby, Folha Seca, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image
Male Brazilian Ruby, Folha Seca, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image
Male Brazilian Ruby, Folha Seca, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image
Female-plumaged Brazilian Ruby, Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image
Immature male Brazilian Ruby, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
Immature female Brazilian Ruby, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
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