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Violet-throated Metaltail Metallura baroni

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The endangered Violet-throated Metailtail is found only in the Azuay and Cañar provinces of southern Ecuador where its habitat is under constant threat from burning by humans. This medium-sized hummingbird relies on the borders of moist elfin forests, open Polylepis woodlands, and the edges of páramo habitat. Both males and females appear fairly dark and are predominantly bronzy green; males also boast a glittering violet gorget. Violet-throated Metailtails typically hover at flowers and males are defensive around their flower territories.

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Recommended Citation

Violet-throated Metaltail (Metallura baroni), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/vitmet1