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A great deal of Hummingbirds!

30 Jan 2023, WINGS in Ecuador: Day 2, Yanacocha Reserve on Pichincha Volcano

If you wish to see hummingbirds, Ecuador is the place to be. It holds the worlds file for the best variety of species and incorporates about 40% of the whole.

The guidelines for our tour has 51 hummingbirds on it, 28 of which have been seen each time WINGS makes the journey. The slideshow shows 20 that we’re sure to see. I attempted to memorize them upfront however there are simply too many!

As you have a look at the hummingbirds, right here’s one thing to look at for: Almost each species has a white dot, referred to as a post-ocular spot, or a white stripe of feathers behind the attention. Why have they got this and what’s it for? My Google searches can’t discover a solution.

Listed below are the species in slideshow order with hyperlinks to their eBird descriptions and [photo on Wikimedia Commons].

  1. Andean emerald (Amazilia franciae) [photo] 
  2. Gorgeated sunangel (Heliangelus strophianus) [photo]
  3. Booted racket-tail  (Ocreatus underwoodii) [photo] 
  4. Brown Inca (Coeligena wilsoni) [photo] 
  5. Buff-tailed coronet (Boissonneaua flavescens) [photo] 
  6. Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata) [photo] 
  7. Empress sensible (Heliodoxa imperatrix) [photo] 
  8. Fawn-breasted sensible (Heliodoxa rubinoides) [photo] 
  9. Nice sapphirewing (Pterophanes cyanopterus) [photo]  
  10. Purple-bibbed whitetip (Urosticte benjamini) [photo] 
  11. Purple-throated woodstar (Calliphlox mitchellii) [photo] 
  12. Sapphire-vented puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani) [photo] 
  13. Sword-billed hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) [photo] 
  14. Glowing violetear (Colibri coruscans) [photo]
  15. Speckled hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) [photo]
  16. Tawny-bellied hermit (Phaethornis syrmatophorus) [photo] 
  17. Tyrian metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina) [photo] 
  18. Violet-tailed sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis) [photo] 
  19. Velvet-purple coronet (Boissonneaua jardini) [photo] 
  20. White-whiskered hermit (Phaethornis yaruqui) [photo] 

NOTE: The pictures could not match precisely to the Mindo Valley hummingbirds as a result of some species fluctuate by location. As an example, see this illustration of the booted racket-tail.

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