Black-eared Fairy  

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Heliothryx auritus

Black-eared Fairy

The Black-eared Fairy is a medium-sized tropical hummingbird in South America.

It about 3.94 - 5.11 inches long and weighs about 6 grams.

It has bright green upperparts, white underparts and a black mask. Bill is black, relatively short and straight.

The graduated tail is blue-black in the center, with white outer tail feathers (i.e. typically appear blue-black from above, white from below).

Depending on subspecies, males have a green malar or throat.

Females are similar, but with longer tails and no green malar/throat.

Feeds on nectar and insects.

Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest.

Found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

Nest is a cup made of plant down, attached to the tip of a branch 3 - 10 meters above the ground.

The female lays 2 white eggs, which she incubates alone for 15 - 16 days.


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