Green-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania fannyi)

A green-crowned woodnymph (Thalurania fannyi) at Tinalandia’s many 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 how it reflects light! Just a tiny twist of the body or neck and a sudden burst of a seemingly hidden iridesence appears like lightning and is gone as quickly as it appeared – perhaps never to be seen that day.

I never tired waiting for these iridescent burts – they appear in sunny and overcast weather, so the show is to be seen all day long for those who are patient.

It sounds like this:

The female.


Last updated on 30 June 2024