Lesser violetear

Colibri cyanotus

The Lesser violetear is a bird species that belongs to the Trochilidae family. It is a medium-sized hummingbird that is predominantly shiny green in color with a visible blue or purple cheek patch. The bill of this bird has a slightly downward curve. Both sexes of this species have a similar appearance. The Lesser violetear is quite similar to the Mexican Violetear, but they do not overlap in range. The Sparkling Violetear, which is found in South America, is larger and has a violet belly. This bird species is usually found alone in forests, and it is also common to see it at feeders and gardens. You can identify it by the constant chipping song. The Lesser violetear can be spotted on our luxury bird watching trip in Peru.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo