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Female black-throated mango with green and white feathers on a branch
anthracothorax nigricollis
Anthracothorax nigricollis (Black-throated Mango)

The Black-throated Mango, a hummingbird found from Panama to South America, excluding Chile, and in Trinidad and Tobago. This species, consisting of two subspecies, is known for its black-throated distinction among males and has a length ranging from 4 to 5.5 inches, weighing between 0.21 to 0.32 ounces. Its habitat spans various lowland tropical landscapes, including gallery forests and cultivated areas, extending up to elevations of 6,600 feet in Brazil. Despite being sedentary, some populations exhibit seasonal movements or migrations in response to the availability of flowering plants. The Black-throated Mango primarily feeds on nectar from the flowers of tall trees and insects. Breeding seasons differ regionally, with nests made from soft plant materials and spider silk, usually housing two eggs. Interestingly, a nest observed in Ecuador was located among stinging ants, possibly to deter predators. Photographed in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.

A female Anthracothorax nigricollis with a white breast drinking nectar
A hovering female green Anthracothorax nigricollis

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