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~~ Chirp, Chirp! ~~ Green Violet-ear Hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus) ~~

Sparkling Violetear, Colibri corus-cans: highlands of N & W S.A., including a large part of the Andes (Argentina & north), the Tepuis & the Venezuelan Coastal Range

The Green Violet-ear Hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus) belongs to the order Apodiformes. Hummingbirds share this order with the swifts, such as the white-collared swift. The name Apodiformes is derived from the Greek words "a pous," meaning "without foot." While apidiforms do in fact have feet, they are quite small and their legs are short and relatively weak. Many birds in this order cannot walk, must fly to turn around on a branch and don't land on the ground.

The Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) is a river kingfisher which is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara. It is largely resident except for seasonal climate related movements. by Candice Swarts, taken in Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa #Bird #Malachite_Kingfisher #Candice_Swarts

Shoebill by bayucca (Balaeniceps rex) also known as Whalehead or Shoe-billed Stork, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill. #Bird #Shoebill