Violet-tailed Sylph

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Aglaiocercus coelestis

Violet-tailed sylph


The Violet-tailed Sylph is a species of bird in the Trochilidae family. It is a striking hummingbird with extremely long tail.

Males are about 7 inches in length, while females are 3.8 inches.

The male is mostly emerald green with blue-green throat. Its long forked, tail is iridescent purple and blue.

The female is much different but still distinctive with her orange belly and white breast.

SONG: A rapid, double-sounding “tez-it” at 1 per seconc for up to several minutes.

Usually forages low in forest or at the forest edge. Visits feeders.

Lives in areas from 300 – 2,100 meters (980–6,890 ft) in elevation, though typically above 900 meters (3,000 ft) on the west slope of the Andes.

Found in the foothills and subtropical zones of the Andes, from around 900 – 2,000 m, only in western Ecuador and Colombia.

A sylph is a mythological air spirit. 


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