Research & Collections

Green Violet-Eared Hummingbird

(Colibri thalassinus)

This tropical species breeds from Mexico south to Bolivia and can be found at elevations as high as 13,000 feet. There are two documented occurrences of this species in the North Carolina mountains: in Asheville in late October 1987 (right), and in Burnsville in early September 1995 (below right).

Sighting Map

Note the blue-violet patches on the side of the head.
Photo: Jerry Young

Note the strong bluish color of the tail, and the dark subterminal band.
Photo: Sargents