Crowned Woodnymph

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Thalurania colombica

Crowned Woodnymph

The Crowned Woodnymph is a species of bird in the hummingbird family Trochilidae.

Males are 4.02 inches long and weigh 4.5 grams. They have a violet crown, upper back, shoulders and belly, a shiny green throat and breast, green lower back, and a deeply forked blue-black tail.

Females are 3.31 – 3.54 inches long and weigh 3.5 gram. They are bright green above and duller green below, with a gray throat and breast. Tail is rounded, mainly green near the body but with a blue-black lower half and white corners.

Young males lack any violet or iridescence and are bronze-colored below. Immature females have buff fringes on the feathers of the nape, face and rump.

CALL: A high-pitched fast "kip".

Nectar, taken from a variety of flowers. Also takes small insects and spiders as an essential source of protein.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, and heavily degraded former forest.

Found in Belize and Guatemala to northern Peru.

The female is entirely responsible for nest building and incubation. Nest is a plant- fiber cup, 1 - 5 meters high on a horizontal branch. The clutch of 2 white eggs are incubated for 13 - 19 days, and fledging another 20 – 26 days.


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