|Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone
(aka Amazilia oenone)
|Peru and Ecuador
The Golden-tailed Sapphire is distributed from Trinidad through Venezuela and Colombia and on the eastern slope of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru through to central Bolivia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found at the edge of humid forest and in clearings.
|The most obvious feature is the golden tail. There are 3 sub-species. Photos 1 to 3 from eastern Peru are of the sub-species C. o. josephinae where the male has a blue crown while photo 4 from eastern Ecuador shows the nominate sub-species where the male has an entirely blue head. The female has pale grey underparts with green specks. Photo 2 shows an immature male.|
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