Velvet Purple Coronet This bird has just landed and is doing its characteristic aggressive display. Photographer: Durwood Edwards | Camera: NIKON D700 | Date: 11/29/11 7:59 AM | Resolution: 634 x 720 | ISO: 800 | Exp. Time: 1/100s | Aperture: 5.6 | Focal Length: 380.0mm (~380.0mm) (528×600)
Violetear Hummingbird. Of genus Colibri, a med. to lg species found in Mexico, & Central & northern S. America. The Green Violetear occasionally wanders north as far as the US & even Canada. They have rounded tails & short-medium black bills. 3 of the 4 species have mainly green plumage. Males have a violet blue patch running back & down from the eye, which is erected when they are excited, & a glittering throat patch. The female looks like the male, but the ear & throat patches are smaller.
I think I have figured out why this bird is called a violet-ear I've been in the hummingbird aviary at the zoo a lot. I've seen this bird pretty much every time. Today was the first time I saw it do this. Another bird was getting a drink or something above it and it got mad. These ear-flaps suddenly flipped up and it chittered up a storm.
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