Green Violet-ear Colibri thalassinus
(aka Lesser Violetear Colibri cyanotus)

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

The Green Violet-ear is distributed from central Mexico through Central America to Colombia and south to north-west Argentina and east to northern Venezuela. For a distribution map see NatureServe.

Most authorities split this distribution in two with Mexican Violet-ear C. thalassinus being distributed from Mexico to Nicaragua while populations south of that and into South America are classified as Lesser Violet-ear C. cyanotus.

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

It is found in fairly open habitat with shrubs or trees as well as gardens and coffee plantations. It is generally at between 1,200 and 3,000 metres.

It feeds on the nectar of flowers of shrubs, herbs and trees as well as flies and gnats.

The song is a series of double notes which goes on and on... and on.

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