Violaceous Euphonia II by Lisa G. Putman

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Violaceous Euphonia – Female



The Violaceous Euphonia, Euphonia violacea, is a small passerine bird in the true finch family. It is a resident breeder from Trinidad, Tobago and eastern Venezuela south to Paraguay and northeastern Argentina. The bird’s range in northern Brazil is the lower portion of the Amazon Basin and the adjacent Tocantins River drainage, with its northwestern limits from Brazil and the Guyanas, the eastern banks of the Orinoco River drainage in central Venezuela.

It occurs in forests, second growth and plantations of cocoa and citrus fruit. The ball nest is built on a bank, tree stump or cavity and the normal clutch is four, sometimes three, red-blotched white eggs, which are incubated by the female.

A pairAdult Violaceous Euphonias are 11.4 cm long and weigh 14 g. The male has glossy blue-black upperparts and a deep golden yellow forehead and underparts. The female and immature are olive green above and greenish yellow below.

These are social birds which eat mainly small fruit and only rarely take insects. The Violaceous Euphonia’s song is a varied mix of musical notes, squeaks, chattering and imitation.

Members of the genus Euphonia are prized as cage birds and several are threatened by trapping, but this species benefits from its relatively inaccessible habitat.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful detail, right down to the eye.

  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonalmost 6 years ago


  • annemarieL
    annemarieLalmost 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous little bird, Lisa – beautiful capture.

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful bird, superb photograph!

  • Sharon Perrett
    Sharon Perrettalmost 6 years ago

    Simply stunning

  • Eyeleen
    Eyeleenalmost 6 years ago

    What a fabulous bird, fantastic capture!! :-)

  • redrosedigital
    redrosedigitalalmost 6 years ago

    She’s a cute little bird! Great clarity and colour.

  • skyhorse
    skyhorsealmost 6 years ago

    what a superb photo!

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenalmost 6 years ago

    Such gorgeous little birds……great photo of Mrs.

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 6 years ago

    Very pretty. I also enjoy your written information as I am learning alot.

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