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Brown violet-ear        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Several species of violet-ears occur in Central and South America; this is the brown violet-ear, one of the least colorful (a very common species is the sparkling violet-ear).   They are medium-sized and often very aggressive hummingbirds that frequently dominate feeders (or try to).   These were photographed at about 2000 m elevation in the Western Andes near Cali, Colombia; the one below at left is sun-basking.

  • Canon 7DII; 800 mm IS lens + extension tubes or 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015)