Mountain Velvetbreast

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lafresnaya lafresnayi

Mountain Velvetbreast

The Mountain Velvetbreast is a species in the family Trochilidae. It is the only member of its genus.

It is a unique hummingbird that is best recognized by its long decurved bill and mostly white tail (especially visible in flight).

It measures about 4.5 – 4.7 inches in length.

Males are all green with a large black patch in the center of the belly.

Females are green above with a buffy throat and breast speckled with green spots. The center of the belly is white.

Tail in both sexes is white with a dusky terminal band, which is broader in the female. Bill is black and decurved.

Clearings and bushes at the edges of subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded forests.

The Andes, mostly between 2400 and 3500 meters of northwestern Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


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