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2014.05.06 22:54:25
Juan Fernandez Firecrown, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile

Juan Fernandez Firecrown, Sephanoides fernandensis © Enrique Couve, Far South ExpeditionsThe unique Juan Fernandez Firecrown, Sephanoides fernandensis, is an insular hummingbird restricted to only one island in the Juan Fernández Archipelago, nearly 700km off the coast of Chile. Classified as critically endangered, it is one of the most threatened birds in Chile and the world, due mainly to habitat degradation and the loss to introduced predators like cats over the centuries. It shows a marked sexual dimorphism, the male, like the bird in the picture being reddish, with iridescent crown and forehead, and the female blue and green with a white breast and iridescent head plumage. Conservation measures are being taken to try and avoid this beautiful hummingbird from joining the list of extinct species. This photograph was taken at Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile.

Photo © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions.