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Brown Violetear Colibri delphinae


Lacking the bright gaudy greens of other members of the genus, the overall brown plumage and bright violet auriculars make the Brown Violetear one of the most distinctive hummingbirds. This is a species of humid evergreen forest, preferring semi open areas of second-growth, edges, shrubby patches and shade coffee plantations. During the breeding season, males are easily detected when they gather in small leks of 3 - 8 birds and persistently sing their a sharp rough songs.  They are also frequently seen at hummingbird feeders.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: