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Andean or White-sided Hillstar | by nickathanas
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Andean or White-sided Hillstar

Oreotrochilus estella/leucopleurus

 

El Infiernillo, Tucumán province, Argentina.

 

Females of these species are very hard to tell apart. Birds of Chile and HBW give conflicting information about the tail pattern, so for now I will leave it unidentified. I'd love to hear any opinions about this bird. Click here for a blurry shot of the tail from above (same individual).

 

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Taken on November 21, 2014