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Green Violetear

Colibri thalassinus

Green Violetear

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic 4 Subspecies

Authors: Hobbs, Mo

Green Violetear

Mirador de Catarata, Chinchona, Costa Rica. 24 June 2007 © Christopher Wood.

The Green Violetear is locally common in montane regions in Central and South America. It is one of four species of violetears (Colibri), all of which have a patch of elongated violet feathers on the sides of the head. The northernmost subspecies, which occurs from Mexico south to Nicaragua, often has a blue patch on the breast, and may have a blue chin. In the three other subspecies, which occur from Costa Rica south to Argentine, the chin and breast are green. The Green Violetear inhabits highland forest borders, clearings and highland pastures at elevations between 600-2800 m. Green Violetears usually are solitary, foraging and singing alone.

Recommended Citation

Hobbs, Mo. 2011. Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Complex Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Secondary forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Nectar
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern