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11 cms. The most common hummingbird of our forests and the low zones of much of Chile. Compact hummingbird, large-headed and short and rounded tail. Black beak, straight and proportionately short. Gray legs. White post-ocular spot. Metallic green head and tops with faint tan gloss. Whitish bottoms with profuse iridescent green mottling, especially on the flanks. Blackish scabs. Front and crown Red-fire metallic, only on the male.
Forests and their edges, especially in the vicinity of trees and shrubs of colorful flowers like Embothrium and fuschia. In cities, parks and gardens. In migration it frequents semi-desert environments of the center-north coast, and in the south, in the middle of the Patagonian steppe. From sea level to 2,000 mts. Resident annual, local to abundant, from the Austral islands of the Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego (Magallanes) to the national park Fray Jorge (Coquimbo). During the winter, some of its populations migrate towards the north and its low regions, reaching until the south of Antofagasta, accidental by the north of Arica. Also on Robinson Crusoe island, in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago. It is distributed by adjacent regions of Southern Argentina. Monotypic species.
Solitary, in pairs or in small groups. Very active, very fast and high flying. Stationary flight while feeding. During the winter, some specimens enter in a state of seasonal torpor, remaining inert in hangers and gaps. Very territorial and bustling. Acute called diagnosis. Quite confident
Spotted on Jun 10, 2017
Submitted on Jun 10, 2017
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