Violet-tailed sylph

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Violet-tailed sylph
Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis).jpg
A male in NW Ecuador
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A female in NW Ecuador
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Aglaiocercus
A. coelestis
Binomial name
Aglaiocercus coelestis
(Gould, 1861)
Aglaiocercus coelestis map.svg

The violet-tailed sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis) is a species of hummingbird. It is found in Colombia and Ecuador. This sylph lives in areas from 300–2,100 metres (980–6,890 ft) in elevation, though typically above 900 metres (3,000 ft) on the west slope of the Andes.[2] A sylph is a mythological air spirit.


Males average around 7 inches (180 mm) in length, while females average around 3.8 inches (97 mm).[citation needed]


"...a rapid, double-sounding tez-it at 1 per sec for up to several minutes..."[2]


"Solitary and usually low inside forest at small clumps of flowers. Hovers or occasionally clings to feed and does not gather at flowering trees."[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Aglaiocercus coelestis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22688059A93181951. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22688059A93181951.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c A guide to the Birds of Colombia By Steven L. Hilty, William L. Brown, p.296, Published by Princeton University Press, 1986

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