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Brown Violetear 6382C

The Brown Violetear (Colibri delphinae) is typically found in the rainforest canopy, tall second growth and coffee plantations, but it will sometimes feed at lower levels. The small nest is cup shaped of plant down saddled on a twig three to ten feet high in a bush. Two white eggs are laid. The Brown Violetear feeds on the nectar of small flowers of trees and epiphytes. It also hawks for insects. Although not particularly territorial, they are highly aggressive, and at feeders spends more time attacking other hummingbirds than actually feeding. Brilliant violet "ears" are feathers that fan out from the sides of his neck and are generally visible only during its aggressive encounters with other hummingbirds.

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