|Ruby-topaz Hummingbird Chrysolampis
(aka Ruby Topaz)
Brazilian name: Beija-flor-vermelho
Nova, Bahia, Brazil
The Ruby-topaz Hummingbird is distributed from Panama through Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas to north-east and central Brazil.
|It is found in gallery
forest, savanna and open country including gardens and it feeds
on nectar and small insects. Photos 3 and 4 show it feeding on
the nectar of small cactus flowers.
The male, shown here, is one of the most striking hummingbirds with its ruby red crown and nape and its shiny gold throat and breast. When the light does not catch the iridescence, as in photos 2 and 5, it can look surprisingly dull.
|The scientific name is derived from khrusolampis - Greek for a glow-worm and mosquito - Spanish for a little fly reflecting the size and sound of the hummingbird.There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is a page with excellent photos on Wikiaves.|
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