The sparkling violetear (Colibri coruscans) is a species of hummingbird. It is widespread in highlands of northern and western South America, including a large part of the Andes (from Argentina and northwards), the Venezuelan Coastal Range and the Tepuis. It occurs in a wide range of semi-open habitats, even in gardens and parks within major cities such as Quito, and is often the commonest species of hummingbird in its range. The sparkling violetear is most abundant near coniferous or evergreen eucalyptus forests. It is highly vocal and territorial.



The sparkling violetear is the largest violetear at 13 to 15 cm (5–6 in) long. Male birds weigh 7.7 to 8.5 grams (0.27 to 0.3 oz) while females weigh from ounces 6.7 to 7.5 grams (0.24 to 0.26 oz). This hummingbird resembles the lesser violetear, but that species generally prefers more humid habitats, is obviously smaller and lacks the distinct purple-blue chest-spot and chin of the sparkling violetear. According to it has the smallest mean blood-air barrier thickness (0.183 µm) and the highest mass-specific respiratory surface area in birds (87 cm²/g).

Sparkling violetears are solitary and aggressive. Birds declare their territory by singing. The birds sing much of the day, and (in different parts of their range) sub-groups develop their own calls. Breeding seasons vary by region. Birds in Venezuela mate from July through October. Birds find mates at leks, areas where groups of males try to attract a female to mate. After mating, the male was once believed to leave all nesting responsibilities to the female. However, according to reports, male sparkling violet-ears were seen twice caring for their young. The mother lays two eggs in a tiny, cup-shaped nest made of twigs and other plant material. Eggs hatch in 17 to 18 days. The young fledge in three weeks.



Sparkling Violetear
Date Location Count
2020-03-14 11:15RNA Proaves El Dorado3
2020-03-15 16:16RNA Proaves El Dorado--Lodge1
2020-03-08 10:36Jardines Ecológicos Topotepuy1
2020-03-09 10:54Reserva Privada Rogitama1
2020-03-07 06:15Carretera Jardín - Riosucio3
2020-03-10 08:00Reserva Mirador El Roble--Cebadero de Grallarias
2020-03-11 07:32Reserva Ecológica Río Blanco--Lodge1
2020-03-08 07:10Reserva Ecológica Río Blanco1
2020-03-07 07:00Ecoparque Los Alcázares-Arenillo1
2020-03-14 16:59Jardín Botánico de La Universidad de Caldas1
2020-03-17 07:20Hacienda Venecia1
2020-03-07 05:57Recinto del Pensamiento5
2020-03-14 10:27Hacienda El Bosque1
2020-03-15 13:29Jardin Encantado
2020-03-08 06:10Finca Cortaderal1
2020-03-27 10:40Jardín Botánico Tabio2
2020-03-15 17:08SFF Otún Quimbaya--Lodge1
2020-03-06 11:38Ecohotel La Cabaña1
2020-03-11 09:10Reserva El Cairo2
2020-03-13 07:00Valle del Cocora3
2020-04-04 06:19Humedal Tibabuyes o Juan Amarillo1
2020-04-02 09:42Parque Ecológico Distrital de Humedal Jaboque1
2020-03-21 06:00Humedal de Cordoba
2020-03-10 06:20Humedal Santa María del Lago1
2020-04-04 17:19Parque El Virrey5
2020-03-14 14:26Jardin Botànico Josè Celestino Mutis2
2020-03-14 11:59Observatorio de Colibries1
2020-03-07 06:39Quebrada la Vieja4
2020-04-04 06:05Bosque Bavaria1
2020-03-17 16:00Parque Natural Chicaque1
2020-03-07 07:11Quebrada San Francisco2
2020-04-04 09:19Humedal a Portal del Tunal2
2020-03-17 13:50Finca Colibri Gorriazul1
2020-03-28 08:37RNA Proaves Loro Coroniazul (Fuertes' Parrot)1
2020-03-18 06:00Parque Verde y Agua3
2020-03-15 06:00Parque Verde y Agua2
2020-03-12 17:59RN Las Palmeras1
2020-03-14 07:53La Florida - Bosque de Las Aves1
2020-03-22 08:10Reserva Amalaka1
2020-03-20 07:40Bosque de Daza2
2020-03-09 09:02Laguna Yahuarcocha2
2020-03-10El Refugio de Intag Lodge3
2020-03-18 08:30Cotacachi--town and Río Pichavi8
2020-03-11 07:15Cotacachi--Rio Ambi Canyon17
2020-03-15 11:01Cascadas de Peguche3
2020-03-13 10:13Lago San Pablo5
2020-03-08 07:31Casa Mojanda5
2020-03-13 11:20Mitad del Mundo3
2020-03-15 06:00Santa Rosa Bird Lodge (The Birdwatcher's House)
2020-03-07 08:08Parque Metropolitano Equinoccial
2020-03-14 06:30Mindo--Santuario de las cascadas2
2020-03-07 09:14Atajo/Shortcut from Yanacocha to Quito-Nono road1
2020-03-15 09:00Reserva Zuro Loma5
2020-03-08 07:19Areas between Quito and Yanacocha1
2020-03-08 08:45Quito airport pond2
2020-03-15 12:00Road from San Jorge Ecolodge to Yanacocha Reserve2
2020-03-15 14:07San Jorge Ecolodge (Quito)
2020-04-03 10:38cochapamba sur1
2020-03-19 07:00Puembo Birding Garden10
2020-03-07 16:30Hostería Rincon de Puembo1
2020-03-21 05:29Hotel San José Aeropuerto2
2020-03-15 08:30Quito--Parque La Carolina, Jardin Botanico8
2020-03-08 04:39Quito--Cumbaya Reservoir5
2020-03-18 09:57Quito--Cumbaya USFQ4
2020-03-09 13:17Parque Guápulo1
2020-03-13 08:30Tumbaco--Restaurante Chiche5
2020-03-15 15:08Rio Chiche Canyon3
2020-04-04 17:40Quito--Barrio Floresta1
2020-03-08 16:00Parque Los Algarrobos (Cumbaya)12
2020-03-23 22:53Quito--Parque La Alameda2
2020-03-08 14:28Hotel Hacienda La Jimenita, Pifo1
2020-03-07 08:50Quito--Parque La Panecillo1
2020-03-13 07:10Parque Metropolitano La Armenia3
2020-03-28 11:40Reservorio Guangopolo5
2020-04-02 11:56Cañón del río San Pedro3
2020-03-09 08:30Papallacta--hot springs and road to Cayambe-Coca2
2020-03-09 06:24Termas Papallacta Hot Springs Resort1
2020-03-14 07:00Guango Lodge3
2020-03-16 12:30Papallacta--pueblo y alrededores inmediatos (town and immediate surroundings)1
2020-03-07 07:42Reserva Antisanilla--Refugio4
2020-03-08 13:50Reserva Antisanilla--Mirador15
2020-03-12 08:21Restaurante Tambo Condor3
2020-03-13 12:46La Brisa (hummingbird feeders)1
2020-03-07Reserva Ecológica Antisana--general area (*Please consider using a more precise hotspot or personal location when possible)
2020-03-14 16:00Cabañas San Isidro1
2020-03-08 07:27Cordillera Guacamayos--Trail from parking area1
2020-03-12 06:05WildSumaco Lodge1
2020-03-08 12:22Reserva Yunguilla1
2020-03-13 09:31Huembo Interpretation Center5
2020-03-15 08:18Planta de Tratamineto de Aguas Residuales de Cajamarca1
2020-03-08 13:02Carretera 28B--Peñas1
2020-03-14 17:30Cotinga Camp2
2020-03-09 16:57Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay2
2020-03-11 15:38Laguna Humantay1
2020-03-17 15:41Río Cochoq--Desembocadura2
2020-03-18 18:04Zona Arqueológica de Mesa Redonda2
2020-03-21 11:32Plaza Tupac Amaru1
2020-03-09 07:22Puente Huambutio2
2020-03-09 07:37Laguna de Huacarpay1
2020-03-07 08:30Zona Arqueológica de Waqrapukara1
2020-03-06 10:54Laguna Pomacanchi1
2020-03-07Putre1
2020-03-08 12:40Chapiquiña--Estación hidroeléctrica1
2020-03-08 16:00Belén2
2020-03-08 18:00Ticnamar1
2020-03-13 06:30Iruya1
2020-03-09 17:00Tilcara2
2020-03-06 11:00Maimará3
2020-03-11 09:00Purmamarca1