English : Sparkling violet-ear
French : Colibri d’Anaïs
Class : Aves
Order : Apodiformes
Family : Trochilidae
Notes : 2 subspecies known
Adults can reach a length of 14 cm for a weight of 8.5 grams. Large humming bird with long black wings and straight black bill. Plumage entirely metallic green with dark blue belly and blue to violet-purple cheek patch.
Range and habitat
This species occurs in South America, from mountains of north-west Venezuela to Bolivia, north Chile and north-west Argentina. Also in south Venezuela. Lives in open woodlands, plantations and forest edges, from 1700 to 4500 m.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Appendix II
Status : The species is common within its large range and often seen in man-made habitats, including cities. Not known to face any current threats.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
Dallas World Aquarium (USA), Burgers Zoo (Netherlands), Weltvogelpark Walsrode (Germany)
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