BIRD OF THE WEEK — BLACK-EARED FAIRY — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

BLACK-EARED FAIRY

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Heliothryx auritus 
POPULATION: Unknown
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Humid lowland forests and forest edges.

The striking Black-eared Fairy occupies a large range across the tropical forests of South America. It’s one of the hummingbirds that caught the eye of 19th century American artist Martin Johnson Heade, whose paintings of this and other species can now be seen in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This quick, bright green sprite has a contrasting snowy-white underside and black ear patches (auriculars), which give the bird its common name. The sexes are similar, but the female has a longer tail.

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