Coffee grown under a tree canopy is promoted as good habitat for birds, but recent University of Delaware research shows that some of these coffee farms may not be as friendly to our feathered friends as advertised. “A very common scenario on these farms is to have eucalyptus, pine, mango and citrus,” Tallamy said. “All of these are non-native trees that support few insects — critical food for birds — or not nearly enough insects to make a difference. If you have a substantial amount of land with non-native plants, we’re not helping the birds at all. Biodiversity-wise, it’s a real scourge.”

The emerald toucanet is a near-passerine bird occurring in mountainous regions from Mexico, through Central America to northern Venezuela and along the Andes as far south as central Bolivia. Some taxa currently included in this species are sometimes split into separate species (see Taxonomy).

It is measures around 11.5 centimeters, it has dark brown iris, grey legs and blackish bill with the base of the lower mandible gray blue. The male of the nominal breed presents yellow from the forehead to the middle part of the crown, has the sides of the head, the back of the crown, nape and upper parts of lustrous black color and the top surface of its tail is dark blue. Its lower parts are bright yellow and the lower surface of its dark grey tail with the inner margin of the two or three pairs of external rectrices of white color.

The male is mainly green, lighter and more yellowish below, blue eye region, top and underneath flank coverings and rump, violet blue; underneath surface of the blue-green remiges.

It is usually a solitary hummingbird in medium-high stratum. It perches with its bill pointing upwards. flutter when drinking, keeping the bill vertically upwards. Prefers spp. of Passiflora and Datura, which he visits following his regular routes. Occasionally he is seen catching insects in the air.

Between 2100-3800m (usually above 2900m). At the northern end of the Cordillera Occidental, in the Páramo de Frontino; and on both sides of the Cordillera Central from the north of Tolima (Nevado del Ruiz) and in the south to Cauca. In the Andes of Nariño (Primolinus). In Colombia to the south by the Andes to the south of Ecuador.

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