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Mountain velvetbreast        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Mountain velvetbreasts are named for their high-altitude habitat and the males' striking black 'velvety' belly that contrasts with the glittering green chest and throat.   I photographed this male (above) and female at about 3300 m on the slopes of Nevado del Ruiz volcano, near the city of Manizales, Colombia.

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