As you know, hummingbirds are among my favorites. There are 57 species of hummers in Costa Rica. I photographed 25 and glimpsed a couple of others.
First is the Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris). This is a large 6" brownish hummer with a long curved bill, and 2 long white tail feathers. The sexes are similar.
|Stripe-throated Hermit in nest|
|Black-bellied Hummingbird - male|
|Stripe-tailed Hummingbird - male|
|Violet Saberwing - male|
Hummers call mountain-gems are residents of montane forests. One is found regularly in SE Arizona, the Blue-throated Mountain-gem or as it is commonly called, the Blue-throated Hummingbird. I saw 3 others of this genus on the trip and got photos of two. The male White-throated Mountain-gem (Lampornis castaneoventris) is a 4" green hummer with a white throat and a vertical white stripe below the eye.
|White-throated Mountain-gem - male|
The female is green above with the white eye line and beautiful rufous underparts.
|White-throated Mountain-gem - female|
|Purple-throated Mountain-gem - female|
|Violet-headed Hummingbird - male|
|Violet-headed Hummingbird - female|
|Snowcap - male|
The female is a tiny hummer with green back and white underparts. She is IDed by the short straight bill.
|Snowcap - female|
|Blue-chested Hummingbird - male|
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