White-vented Violetear in display

Right out of the car, a loud singing bird can be heard with a rhythmic sound. A beautiful morning in early August on the north side of Das Emas National Park in the state of Goiás in Brazil has started. The sound is generated by a hummingbird. It is the White-vented Violetear (Colibri serrirostris). This beautiful, shining blue-green hummingbird is obviously in a high display mood. The birds flutters excitedly with his wings and raises the wing again and again in the courting display. When my guide mimics the calls, it responds very strongly to the voice recordings. The White-vented Violetear comes up to 5 m to us. Regulary it places themselves parallel to a branch. Sometimes the White-vented Violetear relax the wings, but only seconds later it switches position to provoke the “competitor” up-front.

White-vented Violetear of the Trochilidae family are medium-sized hummingbirds found in the grasslands, savanna and ravines surrounded by shrubs. They are most common in highland areas between 1,000 and 1,500 meters asl, but are present in a wide range of altitudes. It is known that at least the White-vented Violetears living in higher altitudes in Brazil migrate to the lowlands in autumn. White-vented Violetears often sit in low vegetation near a rich flower supply and call tirelessly. If another hummingbird attempts to visit these flowers, a White-vented Violetear would immediately drive it away. The White-vented Violetear often starts foraging in the early morning when other hummingbirds are still asleep. They have a wide distribution ranging the province of Córdoba in northern Argentina to Bolivia and central Paraguay to southern Brazil.

The starting point for an excursion into the national park was the city of Mineiros, located southwest of the Brazilian capital Brasília and the capital Goiânia at the border triangle of Goiás / Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul.

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