February 03, 2017

Western Emerald

Tandayapa, Ecuador, March 2016.

Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus
Sometimes grouped with other species in the taxonomically confusing Chlorostilbon genus, the Western Emerald is often now considered its own species. These emeralds inhabit gardens, partially open or shrubby areas with trees, and cultivated areas. They have a more straight flight pattern than do many hummers, and they forage individually at flowers in the lower and middle strata. Males sparkle with green throughout while females are green above and gray below.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical birds

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