Purple-crowned Fairy Heliothryx barroti
Male Purple-crowned Fairy, Tikal, Guatemala, March 2015 - click for larger image Tikal, Guatemala
March 2015

The Purple-crowned Fairy is distributed from south-east Mexico through Central America to western Colombia and south-west Ecuador. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in lowland forest and forest edges mainly up to 500m.

Male Purple-crowned Fairy, Tikal, Guatemala, March 2015 - click for larger image It feeds mainly on nectar sometimes by piercing the base of the flower and also hawks for small insects.

These photos are of male birds with a purple crown (lacking in the female) and a green band between the black band under the eye and the white throat.

Male Purple-crowned Fairy, Tikal, Guatemala, March 2015 - click for larger image
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