This long-billed hummingbird is generally drab in appearance, with brown, bronze, and dull green tones dominating its plumage. It can be found in Andean cloud forests in western Ecuador and western Colombia. However, the white patches on the sides of its neck shine like beacons in the dark forest, making it a striking sight. It has a purple throat patch that is usually inconspicuous and is reduced in females. The bird is typically found feeding on tubular flowers inside forests or along the edges and regularly visits feeders in certain areas. You can spot them during our bird photography tours in the Chocó Andino in Ecuador.