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Violet-headed Hummingbird Klais guimeti

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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The Violet-headed Hummingbird is a diminutive resident of a variety of humid forests from Honduras and Venezuela south to Bolivia and has a very patchy distribution. In the north, it is primarily found in lowlands and foothills but in the Andes is only found in foothills and montane humid forest, intriguingly, it is also record from isolated uplands in Amazonia. It is fairly common in the interior of humid forest where it visits mostly small flowers at a variety of trees but will also sally from perches to catch small flying insects.

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© David L. Ross, Jr.

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

Recommended Citation

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