The Lesser violetear belongs to the Trochilidae family. It is a medium-sized hummingbird, all sparkly green with obvious blue or purple cheek patch. Its bill is slightly decurved. Both sexes similar. This species is extremely similar to Mexican Violetear, but there is no range overlap.
Sparkling Violetear of South America is larger and has violet belly. It is found singly in forests, where it can be quite common. It also visits feeders and gardens. You can recognize it by listening for the constant chipping song. You can see it on our luxury bird watching trip to Peru.
Photo: Alfredo Cornejo