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Mountain velvetbreast - closeup, Jardin, Colombia The black chest indicates that this is the male.<br />
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    comments (10)

  1. Cool curved bill! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Each hummingbird a specialist :) You can even see the bottom of the bill lit up in green, that's how bright their feathers reflect. Anyway, this bill is a mere toy if you check my latest shot ;) Posted 5 years ago
      1. They are all incredibly unique! I hadn't noticed the green! So cool. Did you know that the chirps that hummingbirds make are actually made by their tail feathers? The rush of air and flickering of their tails while flying makes the squeaking sound. Posted 5 years ago
        1. The males do this to attract the females for mating...Not sure if works this way for all species though. Posted 5 years ago
        2. I absolutely did not know this, thanks for sharing! Posted 5 years ago
      2. Check out the color changes on this one. So cool:
        Posted 5 years ago
        1. Oh wow! It does this by changing the angle of feathers? Posted 5 years ago
          1. Yes! Angle, light, iridescence, and apparently air bubbles.

            This is amazing...

            "...surface of the feather, some light is reflected from the outer surface, and some light travels through the air bubble and reflects off the inner surface. Light with wavelengths that match the thickness of the air bubble are “amplified” as the reflected waves from the inner surface match up and combine with the reflected waves from the outer surface. Other wavelengths are “out of sync” when they combine after reflecting off both surfaces, and they cancel out. This is the fundamental process that creates the very pure and brilliant colors we see on hummingbirds."

            Read more here: http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/09/the-basics-of-iridescence-in-hummingbirds/
            Posted 5 years ago
            1. Mind blowing, thanks for the article! Posted 5 years ago
              1. You're welcome! I thought it was so fascinating and much more complicated than I had realized previously. Posted 5 years ago

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The mountain velvetbreast is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is the only member of its genus. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forest and heavily degraded former forest.

Similar species: Swifts And Hummingbirds
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded May 25, 2018. Captured Oct 30, 2017 08:04 in Riosucio - Jardin, Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/7.6
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 290mm