Viridian Metaltail Metallura williami

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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Most often seen perching out in the open, the Viridian Metaltail inhabits shrubby forest borders, pine plantations, humid montane dwarf forests, and brushy areas of the páramo. This medium-sized hummingbird is often aggressive and males are particularly territorial around flowers. Although similar in appearance to the Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tryianthina), only the Viridian has a purple tail in their range of overlap. Following the breeding season, male Viridian Metaltails sometime migrate to higher elevations.

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

Recommended Citation

Viridian Metaltail (Metallura williami), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: