Violet tailed Sylph

Aglaiocercus coelestis

The Violet tailed Sylph is a stunning hummingbird with an exceptionally long tail. The male is predominantly emerald green with a blue-green throat, and the long forked tail shines with iridescent purple and blue. The female has an orange belly and white breast and is also easily recognizable. These birds are found exclusively in western Colombia and Ecuador, in the foothills and subtropical regions of the Andes at elevations of around 900-2,000 m. They usually forage near the forest floor or at the edge of the forest. They are frequent visitors to feeders.

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