Tyrian Metaltail Metallura tyrianthina

Colombian name: Metalura Colirroja
Tyrian Metaltail, Chingaza, Cundinamarca, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Colombia
April 2012

The Tyrian Metaltail is distributed on the coastal mountains of Venezuela, Santa Marta and in the Andes south to northern Bolivia. See the distribution map at NatureServe. It is found in open forest, cloudforest and scrub mainly between 2,500 and 3,300 though it can range from 1,500 to 4,200 metres.

Tyrian Metaltail, Santa Marta Mountains, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image There are seven sub-species. Photo 1 is of the nominal sub-species found in the Andes from north-west Venezuela to northern Peru. It has a bronze tail. Photo 2 shows the sub-species M. t. districta found in the Santa Marta Mountains. It has a violet tail. Photo 3 shows a female.
Tyrian Metaltail, Montaña del Oso, Cundinamarca, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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