Velvet purple Coronet

Boissonneaua jardini

The Velvet purple coronet is a medium-sized hummingbird that appears blackish in poor lighting, but when viewed from the right angle, it displays its vibrant colors such as a purple belly and crown, turquoise sides, and greenish wing coverts. Its tail flashes bright white when in flight, and it elevates its wings for a few seconds when it lands, revealing its rich chestnut underwings. Both sexes share the same appearance. The species is not widespread and mostly found in moist cloud forests and their edges in the lower subtropical zone of western Colombia and Ecuador. It occasionally visits feeders.

This species can be observed during our bird photography trips in Chocó Andino in Ecuador.