The third position in the 2018 bird monitoring is held by the Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis). It was observed 157 times (111 heard, 46 seen).
About everyone who has visited out lodge will have seen this beautiful species on our feeders. The males with their long blue / violet tails can get pretty agressive with other individuals of the same species. The females are somewhat shyier but also always present on feeders. Thanks to the fact that it’s also a very vocal bird and both sexes like to sing from a low perch it is also amongst the most commonly observed species in the forest.
It can be seen in all parts of the reserve from its lowest to its highest point and even doesn’t avoid open areas.
The presence of its sister-species the Long-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus kingi) has been reported every now and then, but remains doubtful.
The Violet-tailed Sylph feed mainly on plants with short straight flowers, such as Palicourea demissa (Rubiaceae) or Besleria solanoides (Gesneriaceae), but have also learnt to drill holes in longer flowers in order to get to the nectar – which means that they are parasites to those plants, as they leave the pollen untouched while taking the nectar.