Brown Violet-ear Colibri delphinae

Colombian name: Colibrí Pardo
Brown Violetear, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia
April 2012

The Brown Violet-ear is distributed from Belize and Guatemala in Central America to Colombia and south to northern Bolivia and east through Venezuela to the Guyanas and Roraima in northern Brazil. There is a disjunct population at the Serra Sincorá, Bahia in eastern Brazil. For a distribution map see NatureServe. It is found in the canopy and edges of humid forest, coffee plantations and shrubby clearings at between 100 and 2,800 metres.

It feeds on the nectar of flowers with fairly shallow corollas and on insects. It is quite aggressive towards smaller hummingbirds.

Brown Violetear, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image The song is a series of loud chip notes.

Brown Violetear, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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