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Violet-tailed Sylph

Aglaiocercus coelestis

Description:

Named after it's long tail. Here's something you might not know: The colours you see on hummingbird are a result of incident light refraction from the unique structure of the feathers, not pigment. In the 'wrong' light they can look pretty ordinary. This one was seen in the right light.

Habitat:

Cloud Forest on the Western Slopes, Ecuador. Also found in forests up as far as Columbia

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11 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

I would like to invite you to post your spottings of hummingbirds in the new mission for Hummingbirds of the New World:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1244...
:-)

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

Perfect photo and bird! I would love to invite you to my new mission for Ecuador's birds: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/4508...

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

precious !

Louisa
Louisa 9 years ago

Beautiful photos!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Right light, indeed, Great photos of a great bird. Congrats.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Gorgeous!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations, this great capture is featured in the Project Noah blog today! http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/2891281...

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 9 years ago

I did not know that SantaLucia, thanks for the fascinating info.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Gorgeous!

GeoLeo42
GeoLeo42 9 years ago

Ay, ay, ay...what a beauty...nice shot!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

brillant colors!

SantaLuciaReserve
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Nanegal, Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on Aug 15, 2011
Submitted on Nov 15, 2011

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