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
An adult on a branch Locality Boquete, Chiriquí Province, Panama
Eldert Groenewoud 12 May 2010 27 weeks ago 18 sec 4.3
A close-up of a bird Locality Costa Rica (ssp cabanidis)
Max Roth 28 February 2001 7 years ago 7 sec 4.3
A bird feeding on flowers Locality Poás region, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica (ssp cabanidis)
Max Roth 28 February 2001 7 years ago 31 sec 4.2
A bird resting on a branch Locality Chiriquí Highlands, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica (ssp cabanidis)
Peter Nash 13 March 2002 7 years ago 13 sec 4.1
A bird feeding at a feeder Locality Hotel Pueblo, Aguas Calientes, Cusco Department, Peru (ssp crissalis)
Josep del Hoyo 27 July 2005 7 years ago 20 sec 4.1
at feeder (on right) Locality El Dorado Reserve, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena Department, Colombia (ssp cyanotus)
Martin Kennewell 19 May 2012 31 weeks ago 37 sec 4
PhotosSee all 59 photos
On a branch
Locality Cabañas San Isidro, Cosanga, Napo Province, Ecuador
Guy Poisson 28 October 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Green Violetears Hummingbird nest.
Locality José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden, Bogotá, Colombia (ssp cyanotus)
Blair Wainman 9 October 2008 4 years ago 4.3
Locality Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Guy Poisson 1 January 2009 3 years ago 4.3
Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus)
Locality San Gerardo de Dota, San José Province, Costa Rica
Jacques Erard 15 August 2011 6 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp cyanotus)
Ken Havard 28 September 2013 7 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Patzcuaro, Michoacan State, Mexico (Southern) (ssp thalassinus)
Gail Marie Wood 1 September 2012 1 year ago 4.3
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