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Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)
15-NOV-2012 Dick Keely

Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)

Tandayapa Lodge, Quito, Ecuador

The Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) is a large robust hummingbird that is a resident breeder in the highlands from Costa Rica to western Ecuador. This hummingbird inhabits wet mountain forests including edges, gaps and tall second growth. It occurs typically between 700 m and 2000 m in altitude, mainly on the Caribbean slopes. The male Green-crowned Brilliant is 13 cm long and weighs 9.5 g. It is mainly bronze-green with a glittering green crown, forehead, throat and breast. It has a white spot behind the eye, a small violet throat patch, white thighs, and a deeply forked blue-black tail. The female is 12 cm long and weighs 8 g. She differs from the male in that she has green-spotted white underparts, a white spot behind the eye and a white stripe below the eye, and a white-cornered shallowly-forked black tail.. Young birds resemble the adult of the same sex, but are duller, bronze-tinged below and have buff throats. Reference: Wikipedia

Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
1/250s f/11.0 at 210.0mm iso320 full exif

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Milan Vogrin12-Jan-2013 09:37
Beautiful!V!
Apostolos Tikopoulos30-Dec-2012 19:02
Fantastic details and colours. v.
Jean-Sebastien30-Dec-2012 15:07
So incredibly beautiful. -V-
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