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Black-throated Mango Hummingbird Female (Anthracothorax nigricollis)

Yerette, Trinidad

June 20, 2012

Black-throated Mango

Nancy took this image while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

This is a large and dark hummingbird, being 4" long and weighing ¼ ounce. The male has glossy bright green upper parts, a matt-black throat and chest bordered with blue-green, and a purplish tail. The female is much different, as shown. They breed from Panama south to northeast Bolivia, southern Brazil, and northern Argentina. They are also common in Trinidad and Tobago. Some of them do migrate over part of their range.

Black-throated mangos can be found in open country, cultivated areas, and gardens. They are solitary birds. They breed almost year-round in most of their range, but there is no pair bonding. The male's sole responsibility is to mate with the female. She builds the nest, incubates the eggs, and cares for the chicks. Each of the parents may mate with several partners throughout the year.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 235mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/9.5 for 1/2000 sec at ISO 800.

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