Green Violet-ear at the Jasek residence on Old Wiederstien Rd, Guadalupe County, TX. Photo by Keith Bartels. May 9, 2001.
The Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) is an attractive hummingbird that is a resident breeder in highlands from south-central Mexico, (the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt), to western Panama and in the Andes from northern Venezuela to Bolivia. It shows seasonal movements and wanders to the United States and even Canada.
It has a large violet central breast spot on the upper breast and a violet-blue band along the chin that often connects to the violet-blue "ear," giving the bird its nam