Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus) - HBW 5, p. 557
French: Colibri thalassin
German: Kleiner Veilchenohrkolibri
Spanish: Colibrí Verdemar
Other common names: Mexican Violet-ear (thalassinus); Mountain Violet-ear (cyanotus)
Taxonomy: Trochilus thalassinus Swainson, 1827, Tamascáltepec, state of Mexico, Mexico.
The three southern races have sometimes been considered a separate species, C. cyanotus. Formerly recognized race minor of Honduras and Nicaragua is now usually subsumed into nominate; cyanotus and crissalis apparently intergrade through Colombia and Ecuador, and their distinctness has been questioned. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- thalassinus (Swainson, 1827) - C & S Mexico to NC Nicaragua.
- cabanidis (Heine, 1863) - Costa Rica and W Panama.
- cyanotus (Bourcier, 1843) - mountains of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.
- crissalis Todd, 1942 - Andes of Peru and Bolivia, and extreme NW Argentina.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 29 videos
Several birds on branches and then on a feeder Locality Tandayapa Lodge, Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp cyanotus)
Anna Motis 16 August 2006 6 years ago 19 sec 4.9
fighting with a sparkling violetear Locality Huembo Interpretation Centre, Amazonas Department, Peru (ssp crissalis)
Daniêl Jimenez 25 November 2012 33 weeks ago 38 sec 4.7
A perched male. Locality Bosque de Paz, Bajos del Toro, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica (ssp cabanidis)
Alex García · Videoaves 1 July 2010 3 years ago 33 sec 4.7
2 males fighting, then perching - zooming close up when birds are sitting - wait for the end of the video Locality Boquete, Chiriquí Province, Panama
Thore Noernberg 9 November 2012 1 year ago 36 sec 4.6
Female - drinking nectar from a bottlebrush tree. Locality José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden, Bogotá, Colombia (ssp cyanotus)
Blair Wainman 16 December 2010 2 years ago 16 sec 4.5
A bird coming to and leaving a perch several times. Locality Monteverde, Costa Rica (ssp cabanidis)
Richard Garrigues 14 July 2012 1 year ago 35 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 59 photos
Locality San Gerardo de Dota, San José Province, Costa Rica (ssp cabanidis)
Jorge Chinchilla 26 December 2011 1 year ago 4.6
Locality Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Guy Poisson 2 January 2009 3 years ago 4.6
Perched on a branch
Locality Miranda State, Venezuela
Luis R Figueroa 5 July 2012 9 weeks ago 4.5
bello colibrí color metálico
Locality San Gerardo de Dota, San José Province, Costa Rica
Rolando Gonzalez 14 May 2013 15 weeks ago 4.5
Un retrato de este Colibrí Orejivioláceo Verde.
Locality Heredia Province, Costa Rica
Luis Vargas 12 August 2009 3 years ago 4.5
Adult male showing off his "violet-ear".
Locality Chelemhá Cloud Forest Reserve, Alta Verapaz Department, Guatemala (ssp thalassinus)
Knut Eisermann 29 July 2009 1 year ago 4.5
Song from perch Locality Las Gralarias Reserve, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Dusan Brinkhuizen 11 June 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Song from a perched bird Locality El Dorado Reserve, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena Department, Colombia
Bradley Davis 21 June 2007 4 years ago 4