Velvet-purple coronet

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Velvet-purple coronet
Velvet-purple coronet (Boissonneaua jardini).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Boissonneaua
B. jardini
Binomial name
Boissonneaua jardini
Bourcier, 1851
Boissonneaua jardini map.svg
Velvet-purple coronet in NW Ecuador

The velvet-purple coronet (Boissonneaua jardini) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is found in humid foothill forest on the West Andean slope in western Colombia and north-western Ecuador. The species has a quirk of holding its wings straight up for a moment after perching.[2] It generally breeds between January and March, but some have been spotted nesting as far off as September.[3]


Its highly iridescent plumage is striking, being largely bluish-purple below and on the crown, greenish-blue on the back, green on the upperwing coverts, and rufous on the underwing coverts. In poor light it may appear all black, except for the strongly contrasting white outer rectrices.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2018). "Boissonneaua jardini". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T22687874A130122269. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22687874A130122269.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Velvet-purple Coronet - Introduction | Neotropical Birds Online". Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  3. ^ "Velvet-purple Coronet (Boissonneaua jardini)". Retrieved 2019-05-22.

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