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Blue-chinned Sapphire


Blue-chinned Sapphire
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Copyright: Marc Couse (kodiak1) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 7] (97)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-30 11:03
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The Blue-chinned Sapphire, Chlorostilbon notatus, is a hummingbird that breeds from Colombia south and east to the Guianas, Trinidad Peru, and Brazil. There have been occasional records from Tobago.

It 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 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.

Blue-chinned Sapphires feed 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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