Purple-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus viola)

Order: Apodiformes Family: Trochilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Cajamarca, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Cajamarca, Peru

Age: Immature| Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cajamarca, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~13 cm (5.1 in). The male Purple-throated Sunangel is deep green with a green iridescent forehead or frontlet, broad purple gorget bordered by iridescent blue below, and a deeply forked tail. The female is similar to the male but smaller, less saturated, and shorter and less deeply forked tail. The bill is black and straight.  It is similar to the Sparkling Violetear but is distinguished by being more slender, conspicuous purple gorget, and a deeply forked tail.

Status: The Purple-throated SSunangel is uncommon in humid habitats on the west slope of the Andes in Piura, Cajamarca, and the Marañon Valley at elevations ranging between 1800-3200 m. It also occurs in Ec.

Name in Spanish: Angel-del-Sol de Garganta Púrpura.

Sub-species: Purple-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus viola), Gould, 1853.

Meaning of Name: Heliangelus: Gr. Hēlios= sun, angelos= angel. viola: L.  violet, violet in color.

See more of the Family Trochilidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.