Among the more unusual hummers are the 2 species of sicklebills. They have unique almost semicircular bills. They feed on heliconia flowers and cling to the flower while feeding. They do not come to feeders and thus are harder to find. I missed this one in both Costa Rica and Panama. However, as we were getting ready to leave Buenaventura Lodge, one flew into the dining room and I was able to get photos before he was caught and released. The 4.75" White-tipped Sicklebill (Eutoxeres aquila) has a streaked breast and white on the tips of the tail feathers.
|Violet-headed Hummingbird - male|
|Fork-tailed Woodnymph - male|
|Violet-bellied Hummingbird - male|
He is all green with a purple throat patch.
|Green-crowned Brilliant - male|
The 4.5" male Violet-fronted Brilliant (Heliodoxa leadbeateri) occurs an the east slope and has a purple forehead. The juvenile male shown here has a blue forehead, bronze face and lacks the solid green underparts.
|Violet-fronted Brilliant - juvenile male|
|Chestnut-breasted Coronet - male|
The 4.25" Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata) is dark green with a white chest and long bill.
|Long-tailed Sylph - male|
|White-bellied Woodstar - female|
|Purple-collared Woodstar - female|
photos copyright 2006 - 2015 David McDonald
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