Sapphire-spangled Emerald Amazilia lactea
(aka Polyerata lactea - see HBW, Volume 5, Page 601)

Brazilian name: Beija-flor-de-peito-azul

Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Brazil

The Sapphire-spangled Emerald is found mainly in central and south-east Brazil but with populations in south east Venezuela and in Peru and Bolivia. It is found at forest edges and other open areas such as gardens.

Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image It looks similar to the Glittering-throated Emerald   (Amazilia fimbriata) with its straight bill and black upper mandible, pink lower mandible and the white stripe in the middle of its breast. It differs in having its throat, breast and the sides of its neck a glittering "sapphire" violet-blue. The two sexes look alike.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.

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