Velvet Purple Coronet
Birding abroad: the rare Velvet-purple Coronet.
You read it right. This is not a hummingbird of Kabalebo. I spotted this one in Mindo, Ecuador during a birdwatching trip. I'll try to introduce some exotic birds that I spotted during my time spent outside of Kabalebo or Suriname. I'll start off with this little fellow: the Velvet-purple Coronet.
After I booked a birdwatching trip in Mindo (Ecuador) my birdguide brought us to a nice lodge were they were feeding both tanagers and hummingbirds. It was like being in a hummingbirds' paradise. All these small creatures 'hanging' near a feeder were actually hummingbirds. One of them that I first encountered was the Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)
It wasn't shy at all as it was sitting for quite some time on this leaf giving me the opportunity to try and take good pictures. I had a travel camera with me, so the closer the object the better for me. It was an average size hummer too by the way (12 cm the least)
You can also clearly see that its colors kept changing whenever it moves its tiny body.
After taking these pictures of the Velvet-purple Coronet I learned that it is also a rare hummingbird. Only spotted in Columbia and Ecuador.
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