SCIENTIFIC NAME: Heliodoxa imperatrix
The Empress Brilliant is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.
It is a large hummingbird. Males are about 5.9 – 6.7 inches in length and weigh about 9 · 3 grams. Females are about 4.7 – 5.3 inches in length and weigh about 8 · 3 grams.
Males have a violet throat patch.
Females have white on their throats and breasts.
Young birds have a rusty wash on face and throat.
A repeated single "tsit" note, at a rate of c. 1 note per second.
Prefers flowers with relatively short tube-shaped flowers, but it willingly visits feeders.
Favors very wet, epiphyte-laden forest, and visits feeders in some areas.
Andean cloud forest in northwestern Ecuador and western Colombia.
Nest (perhaps incomplete) is a downy cup of balsa floss and cobweb, plastered on top of palm frond 10 m up.