Purplebacked Thornbill

An unusually short bill for a hummingbird, and the male's shining, purple back, help identify this diminutive bird. It lives at the forest edge and in open, grassy areas with scattered trees, and is a sociable feeder, visiting flowering trees to take nectar and pollen alongside other individuals and other hummingbird species. Normally hovering to feed, it occasionally also clings to flowers. Insects are caught by gleaning through foliage or are hunted on the wing.

• DISTRIBUTION Andes from Venezuela and Colombia as far south as Bolivia.

rounded tail

Female

Family TROCHILIDAE

Species Heliomaslersquamosus Length 4 ¡n (jo em)

horizontally beating wings as bird lands

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