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Violet-fronted Brilliant Heliodoxa leadbeateri

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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The Violet-fronted Brilliant is a large, dark hummingbird of Andean cloud forests. Both sexes are green overall, but only the male has a violet crown. The female has dull whitish underparts heavily speckled with green and a white malar mark. This species occurs in humid montane forest across a broad elevational range in the Andes from Venezuela south to Bolivia. It forages at flowers in the mid-story and often flycatches for aerial insects. There is little information on the breeding behavior of this species.

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© Curtis Marantz

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

Recommended Citation

Violet-fronted Brilliant (Heliodoxa leadbeateri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: