Sunday Snapshots: Peruvian hummingbirds

Golden-tailed Sapphire by Kapitan Hojo on Picasaweb

As a continuation on the weekend’s theme presented by yesterday’s post, today I thought I’d do a snapshots of the different hummingbird species from the Manu region of Peru. There are currently 22 species of hummingbird listed on the checklist of birds of the Manu Wildlife Centre, and that’s just what’s been recorded at this one site. For a girl from eastern North America, where we have a grand total of one hummingbird species, this abundance is a veritable smorgasbord of jeweled goodness. I’ve selected a few of the flashiest for inclusion here. Since I personally have no photos of tropical hummingbirds, I’ve borrowed all of these off the net through Creative Commons licenses.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming tomorrow!

Booted Racket-tail by kookr on Flickr

Festive Coquette by Dario Sanches on Flickr

Violet-capped Woodnymph by Dario Sanches on Flickr

Rufous-breasted Hermit by barloventomagico on Flickr

Blue-tailed Emerald by jerryoldenettel on Flickr

Fork-tailed Woodnymph by jerryoldenettel on Flickr

Black-throated Mango by Lip_Kee on Flickr

White-necked Jacobin by The_Tardigrade on Flickr

Long-tailed Hermit by kookr on Flickr

Blue-tailed Emerald by prosper973 on Flickr

Crimson Topaz by jerryoldenettel on Flickr

(this last one isn’t actually on the Manu checklist, but is supposed to occur in the lowlands of Peru, and I just couldn’t resist including it – look at that brilliant firey colour!)

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8 responses to “Sunday Snapshots: Peruvian hummingbirds

  1. What an impressive array of avian pixies! This expedition continues to wet my appetite for sightseeing and discovery.

    • It’s too bad that tours and off-continent travel in general is usually so expensive – if it was the same as the cost of flying to the other coast I’m sure the trip would be filled already!

  2. Simply gorgeous, thanks for sharing them. I guess I should visit Flickr more often. Just found your blog through the Moth and Me and enjoyed the visit.

  3. They’re all quite beautiful… What a delightful assortment to look forward to when you go.

    • I always find the colours in tropical birds amazing. But perhaps it’s simply that we take for granted the birds that we see every day? Blue Jays, cardinals, orioles, goldfinches, all bright, flashy birds that we’d probably be stoked to see if we didn’t live with them every day.

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  5. These are great pictures. I wonder how the photographers get so close. I’m trying to photograph hummingbirds in my backyard, but they’re often too far away. Instead of buying a thousand dollar lens, I might just hang hummingbird feeders outside my windows. I found Perky Pet’s Top Fills and am thinking about getting one. They fill from the top. Seems like they are the easiest out there to fill and clean.
    Here’s the one I was thinking about:
    http://www.birdfeeders.com/store/hummingbird-feeders/120tf

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