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 28 videos
A juvenile in the hand Locality Reinita de Cielo Azul Reserve, San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander Department, Colombia (ssp cyanotus)
Josep del Hoyo 4 February 2007 5 years ago 13 sec 3.3
Green Violet-ear visiting our hummingbird feeder Locality Michoacan State, Mexico (Southern)
Alfredo Martinez Perez 9 November 2009 1 year ago 7 sec 3.3
An adult at a feeder Locality Tandayapa Valley, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp cyanotus)
Greg Baker 22 September 2004 10 weeks ago 13 sec 3
A male on a high branch Locality Colonia Tovar, Aragua State, Venezuela (ssp cyanotus)
DAVID ASCANIO 30 November 2003 4 years ago 35 sec 2.6
PhotosSee all 53 photos
Locality Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Guy Poisson 2 January 2010 2 years ago 4
A perched adult.
Locality Tasajera, Aragua State, Venezuela (ssp cyanotus)
philgunson 25 April 2010 3 years ago 4
Locality Cartago Province, Costa Rica
Luis Vargas 22 March 2009 3 years ago 4
perched on a branch
Locality Savegre Mountain Hotel, San Gerardo de Dota, San José Province, Costa Rica (ssp cabanidis)
Georges Olioso 6 December 2007 4 years ago 4
Young Male - perched on flowering plant.
Locality Bogotá, Colombia
Blair Wainman 1 December 2008 4 years ago 4
Adult on a twig.
Locality Savegre Mountain Hotel, San Gerardo de Dota, San José Province, Costa Rica
David Lingard 12 March 2009 1 year ago 3.9
Song from perch Locality Las Grallarias Reserve, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Dusan Brinkhuizen 11 June 2011 1 year 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 3 years ago 4