Archive for 'Trochilidae'

Frilled Coquette (Lophornis magnificus)

For some strange reason I never got to see the gorgeous male, so this female is the only of the species I encountered during my stay at Hotel do Ype. Altitude: 1021 metres.

White-throated Hummingbird (Leucochloris albicollis)

One of several species of hummingbird visiting the feeders at Hotel do Ype. Altitude: 1021 metres.

Brazilian Ruby (Clytolaema rubricauda)

One of several species of hummingbird visiting the feeders at Hotel do Ype. Just a tiny difference in angle, an the plumage seems all green and rather drab in comparison. Altitude: 1021 metres.

Black-eared Fairy (Heliothryx auritus)

Some birds are so well camouflaged that you can only see them when they move. This small bird blends perfectly against the high contrast of the greyish clouds and the foliage. This is from the western canopy tower of Cristalino Jungle Lodge.

Great Sapphirewing (Pterophanes cyanopterus)

A female. Altitude 2706 metres.

Sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera)

This hummingbird simply defies logic and forces of nature! Despite the enormous length of the beak, it flies just like any other humming bird – except perhaps a bit more tweaking to fit the beak into the flower or feeding port. Altitude 2706 metres.

Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata)

The distinctive, large white chest makes it quite easy to recognize, even for novice birders. Altitude 2706 metres.

White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

The small woodstars can be difficult to classify, but the first is to eliminate by range, as well as to look in the local birdlist. In this case only the Gorgeted and White-bellied Woodstar is registered, and it’s the color white that in this case settles it. This is the female. Altitude 2706 metres.

White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

The small woodstars can be difficult to classify, but the first is to eliminate by range, as well as to look in the local birdlist. In this case only the Gorgeted and White-bellied Woodstar is registered, and it’s the color white that in this case settles it. This is the male. Altitude 2706 metres.

Rufous-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)

Hummingbirds are extraordinarily visual and acrobatic, but also very loud and territorial. This is no yawn, but a high-pitched audio communication. Silence is by no means invisible. In the right angle also this one will flash in bright color, in this case green. Another angle and one is completely oblivious to the hidden green iridescence.

Green-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania fannyi)

Tinalandia has several hummingbird feeders that are refilled every day. In daytime the several species of hummingbirds feed from them and at night numerous bats swiftly empty what remains from the daytime feast. The most fascinating about the hummingbirds might not be their incredible speed and agility, but perhaps more so their incredible plumage and […]