Scaled Metaltail Metallura aeneocauda

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Small, dark green hummingbird with a short, straight bill. Found at the edges of elfin forest and in humid shrublands above the treeline. Male has an iridescent green throat patch; females lack the throat patch and are duller below, with brownish underparts. Males have a more bronzy, scaled throat and breast and a greener tail than the similar Tyrian Metaltail; female Scaled Metaltails are darker below than that species, without a strong orangey-buff coloration on the throat and breast.

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