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n.1.Any tropical humming bird of the genus Petasophora, having violet or purplish ear tufts.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Gaunt, from the same lab, is working on dialects in Costa Rica's green violet-ear hummingbird.
This one, called a green violet-ear (below), is washing its feathers in a pond.
A hummingbird enclosure houses species such as the purple honeyereeper (its curved bill lets it drink flower nectar) and the sparkling violet-ear with its purple head patch.