The Green violet ear hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus) has a large violet central breast spot on the upper breast and a violet-blue band along the chin that often connects to the the violet-blue "ear," giving the bird its name. Also known as Mexican Violet-ear it has a grass green upper plumage turning into a bronze colour on the rump and uppertail feathers. The tail is square and slightly notched with a broad dark blue band at the end of the tail. It can be spectacular to see in bright sunlight. This tropical species breeds from Mexico south to Bolivia and can be found at elevations as high as 13,000 feet.