Violet-fronted Brilliant Heliodoxa leadbeateri
Violet-fronted Brilliant, Aguas Verdes, San Martin, Peru, September 2018 - click for larger image Peru
October 2018

The Violet-fronted Brilliant is distributed from northern Venezuela to north-western Bolivia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in humid montane forest mainly on the eastern slope of the Andes at between 900 and 2,300 metres.

Violet-fronted Brilliant, Huembo, Amazonas, Peru, September 2018 - click for larger image The male is green with a glittering green throat and breast and a glittering purple-blue forehead. The female is white below with green spots and a short white malar stripe. The juvenile has rufous cheeks.

The Leadbeaters were a father and son operating in London in the 19th century who were taxidermists and dealers with an extensive bird collection from which some species such as this have been described.

Violet-fronted Brilliant, Huembo, Amazonas, Peru, September 2018 - click for larger image
Violet-fronted Brilliant, Huembo, Amazonas, Peru, September 2018 - click for larger image
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