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Violet-tailed Sylph

Aglaiocercus coelestis

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Striking hummingbird with extremely long tail. Male is mostly emerald green with blue-green throat. Long forked tail is iridescent purple and blue. Female is much different but still distinctive with her orange belly and white breast. Found in the foothills and subtropical zones of the Andes, from around 900–2,000 m, only in western Ecuador and Colombia. Usually forages low in forest or at the forest edge. Visits feeders.

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