BIRD OF THE WEEK — GRAY-BELLIED COMET — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

GRAY-BELLIED COMET

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Taphrolesbia griseiventris 
POPULATION: 250 – 1,000 individuals
IUCN STATUS: Endangered
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Semi-arid, shrubby slopes and canyons.

This hummingbird is so local and uncommon that sightings of it were infrequent for many years. It was re-found in the early 1990s and is now spotted regularly within its limited range, which consists of five fragmented populations on the Pacific slope of the Andes in north-central Peru.

The Gray-bellied Comet is more attractive than its plain-sounding name implies. In the right light, the upper sides of this large hummingbird shimmer with greens, blues, and bronzy-oranges. Males have a violet-blue throat (gorget), and both sexes have long tails similar to those of the Swallow-tailed Hummingbird and Long-tailed Sylph.

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