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Great Sapphirewing Hummingbird

Pterophanes cyanopterus


The sheer size of these enormous hummingbirds along with their slow wing beats identifies them in the field. Males are greenish teal with mostly blue wings. Females are green above, cinnamon below, and have blue on the upper wing. Both males and females have forked tails and usually feed by themselves at flowers at low or medium levels in the forest; sometimes, however, they join mixed species flocks when foraging.


Photo taken at San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve which is in the Western Upper Tropical Rainforest near Mindo (3,280 ft. o.s.l). The area is dominated by broad-leaved trees that form a dense upper canopy (layer of foliage) and contain an amazing diverse array of vegetation

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Stephen Wain
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Stephen Wain

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on May 9, 2018
Submitted on Jun 14, 2018

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