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Tyrian Metaltail

Metallura tyrianthina

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Small hummingbird with short, straight bill. Common in forests and edges in the temperate zone of the Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. Generally dark green above and brownish below with a bright green throat. Females are buffier below than males. Look for the dark metallic-maroon tail (blue on birds in Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia). Visits feeders.

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