|White-chinned Sapphire Hylocharis cyanus
Brazilian name: beija-flor-roxo
|Brazil and Peru
The White-chinned Sapphire is distributed in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins with disjunct populations around Lake Maracaibo, along the coast of south-east Brazil and into north-east Argentina. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
It is found in forest edges, gallery forest, white sand forests and restinga. It does not seem to be common in cities but the bird in photos 1 to 4 was photographed in the centre of São Paulo City which I think is the first record for the city.
|Points to watch out for are the straight red bill with black tip, the dark blue forehead, crown, cheeks and throat, the coppery rump and the green flanks. Photos 1 to 4 are of the race griseiventris which has a greyish belly but other races including the nominate shown in photo 5, have a green belly.|
|Photos 6 and 7 were taken on the eastern foothills of the Andes in Peru and are of the larger sub-species H. c. rostrata. Photo 6 is a male and photo 7 is a female.|
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