Andean Emerald

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Amazilia franciae

Andean Emerald

The Andean Emerald is a medium-sized hummingbird, fairly common in Andean cloud forest from Colombia to Peru. It is the only species placed in the genus Uranomitra.

It measures about r 4 inches in length.

Male weighs 5.67 grams. Female weighs 5.41 grams.

Males have green backs and upper side of their tails. Their head is mostly blue in the. The throat, breast, belly and undertail coverts are snowy white with green on the sides of the breast and belly.

Females are similar to the males but mostly lack the blue on top of their heads. Tail is notched. Bill is nearly straight with a black culmen and red mandible.

It is superficially similar to the White-bellied Hummingbird, but these two species are not known to overlap.

Feed on nectar of several flowering trees, plants and shrubs.

Usually seen at forest edge, clearings, and second growth. Visits feeders.

Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru.


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