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 1 year 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 3 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 68 photos
Locality San Gerardo de Dota, San José Province, Costa Rica (ssp cabanidis)
Jorge Chinchilla 26 December 2011 2 years ago 4.7
Locality Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Guy Poisson 2 January 2009 3 years ago 4.6
Beautiful metallic hummingbird from the highlands of Costa Rica
Locality Cerro de la Muerte, San José Province, Costa Rica
romanmauro 17 weeks ago 4.6
A male bird in the garden from the Hotel Los Quetzales, Guadalupe
Locality Chiriquí Highlands, Chiriquí Province, Panama
Josef Widmer 30 April 2013 26 weeks ago 4.6
A bird perched in the sunset
Locality Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena Department, Colombia (ssp cyanotus)
Frederic Pelsy 23 February 2014 6 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Amaranta Casa de Colibríes, Miranda State, Venezuela
Luis R Figueroa 7 February 2014 16 weeks 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