Plovercrest (Green-crowned Plovercrest, Black-breasted Plovercrest)
The Plovercrest is a small, beautiful hummingbird belonging to the species Stephanoxis lalandi (Apodiformes - Trochilidae), distinguished from all other hummingbirds species by their characteristic long, tapered crest, small size, and short tail.
Males (pictured) are mostly glossy green with an iridescent violet throat and breast. The female is similar, but has a shorter crest and is dull white below.
This species occurs in southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and northeastern Argentina (Missiones). Both photos show the subspecies S. lalandi lalandi, which is found only in eastern Brazil.
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Photo credit: ©Nigel Voaden | Locality: Pico de Caledonia, Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | [Top] - [Bottom]