Violet-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia violiceps

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Distinguishing Characteristics

10 cm. 5.0 g. Bill red with black at the tip. Crown purple-blue. Nape and area around the ear dull green shading with blue to purple. A white spot behind the eye. Upperparts dull green to brown. Throat and underparts white; flanks dull greenish. Tail squared to slightly forked. Feathers greenish-gray to brown-gray. Males and females are similar. Immature are similar to adults, but have the upper mandible black, forehead feathers and crown dark blue to green with cinnamon on tip.

Similar Species

It is similar to Amazilia viridifrons but can be distinguished because Green-fronted Hummingbird has the crown more bright green; moreover, has distribution different.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: