© Ann Erler
© Luke Seitz
widespread in highlands of northern and western South AmericaStatus:
This glittering gem of a bird is the Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans), a gorgeous hummingbird that just so happens to be the most common species of hummingbird in its range. Free viewings of Sparkling Violetears for all!!
Obviously the bird gets its name from those purple poofs where its ears should be. However, don’t let their colorful appearance mislead you – these guys are quite aggressive and prefer to lead a solitary existence. They declare their territory by singing; with birds singing for most of the day and sub-groups even developing their own special calls.
Even though they don’t have the best manners, avid bird watchers aren’t so easily deterred. People travel far and wide to catch a glimpse of this sparkling Latin American jewel.