#WingedJewels . . . meet the beautiful violet-tailed sylph


“The violet-tailed sylph is found in South America.
This striking bird inhabits cloud forest between 300 and 2,100 metres above sea level… It favours very mossy forest, and is occasionally found at forest borders.
Violet-tailed sylphs breed between October and February, when they lay a clutch of two eggs into a domed nest, built from moss and spider webs in a clump of moss and epiphytes. The female incubates these eggs for 15 to 17 days, with the young hatchlings fledging after just 26 to 30 days (2).
Unusually, the violet-tailed sylph also constructs nests outside of the breeding period, in which it roosts at night.
This has misled many scientists into thinking that this bird breeds year-round.”

~ (arkive. org)






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Image & info source: The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees https://web.facebook.com/allaboutthebirdsandthebeestheflowersandthetrees/


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