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Mérida Sunangel

Heliangelus spencei

Endemic species of the mountain range of Mérida of the Andes. The Mérida Sunangel is much less common and confined to forest interior. Near the cabin where I stayed it came every evening. Sometimes it had a dark plumage with a glittering pinkish purple gorget. But it depends also of the light what color it shows, I saw it all the time different. It hovers or clings to flowers when feeding and occasionally hawks insects in short sallies from a low perch. When clinging to flowers it holds it's wings up in V. I couldn't get enough of this little jewel.

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