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Photo © by scottishdude
Costa Rica, April 2011
Colibri cyanotus


10·5–11·5 cm (4-4½ in)

  • Mostly green, including vent
  • Violet at sides of head does not meet under bill

Sexes similar

Similar species

Sparkling Violetear, and in the northern half of Central America, Mexican Violetear


Photo © by kneonlight
Costa Rica, December 2018

Costa Rica to western Panama in Central America, and separate from that in the Andes from Colombia and Venezuela to Bolivia and just into Argentina


Formerly considered conspecific with Mexican Violetear under the name Green Violetear.


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. t. cabanidis:
  • C. t. cyanotus:
  • C. t. crissalis:


Relatively wide options from humid forest and second-growth to coffee plantations and open hillsides with bushes.



They visit the flowers of a variety of shrubs and herbs.


Sings while motionless on a high perch.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. SACC Baseline read January 2010#Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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