Blue-chinned Sapphire Hummingbird


The Blue-chinned Sapphire hummingbird, Chlorestes notatus, is ahummingbird that breeds from Colombia south and east to the Guianas, Trinidad Peru, and Brazil. There have been occasional records from Tobago.

The Blue-chinned Sapphire hummingbird is a bird of forests and sometimes cultivated areas with large trees. The female lays her eggs in a deep cup nest, made of lichen and other fine plant material and placed on a horizontal tree branch. Incubation is 16 days with a further 18-19 days to fledging.
The Blue-chinned Sapphire hummingbird is 8.9 cm long and weighs 3.8 g. The bill is fairly straight, with the upper mandible black and the lower reddish. The male has mainly green plumage, darker above, with white thighs, a forked metallic blue tail and blue upper throat. The female differs from the male in that she has green-spotted white underparts.

The Blue-chinned Sapphire hummingbird feeds on insects and nectar, mainly in trees but sometimes on vines or smaller plants like Heliconia. The song is a high metallic ssooo-ssooo-ssooo.

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