Sparkling Violet-ear
Colibri coruscans
The Sparkling Violet-ear (Colibri coruscans) is a fairly common and widespread South American species occurring from Columbia southward to northern Argentina. It inhabits humid forest and brush as well as cities and towns. The individual on the right was photographed in July, 2003 in the Tandayapa Valley of Ecuador. It is a digital shot taken with a Canon EOS 10D and an EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS lens with a 2X extender and flash. See below for more images.
Below are two shots of Sparkling Violet-ear taken near Machu Picchu, Peru, in July, 2006 with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender and 580 flash. Note the flared "ears" of the bird at right. Sparkling Violet-ears often flare these feathers during confrontations with other hummingbirds.